Jack White's Keyboardist Found Dead in Hotel Room

Isaiah "Ikey" Owens apparently died of heart attack
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 15, 2014 3:23 PM CDT
Jack White's Keyboardist Found Dead in Hotel Room
In this June 7, 2014, photo, Jack White, center, performs with Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, right, and band members at The Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall's Island Park in New York.   (Scott Roth)

A publicist for Jack White says the rocker is canceling his remaining tour dates in Mexico after the death of his band's keyboard player, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens. The statement said Owens, 38, died this morning in Mexico; TMZ reported that he was found dead in his hotel room. The band was scheduled to perform in Guadalajara today and Monterrey tomorrow. "Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled," reads a statement from Third Man Records.

Owens was from Long Beach, Calif., but had recently moved to Nashville to perform with White's band. He also played in other bands, including Mars Volta and Free Moral Agents. "The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4am," reads a second statement from White's PR team. "The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana." (Read more Jack White stories.)

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