Tavish Maloney, the guitarist who played for emo-pop outfit Oso Oso, passed away on Thursday, March 25. The cause of death hasn’t been revealed, but he was only 24 years old.
Jade Lilitri, the only permanent member of Oso Oso, broke the news on Friday in a statement on Facebook. Lilitri started out by saying how heartbroken he is by Maloney’s passing and shared several memories of the late guitarist. They had become friends when they were young kids and best friends by the time they were 18. Oso Oso’s debut album Real Stories of True People Who Kind Of Looked Like Monsters came out around that time in 2015. They’d been touring and working on music together ever since.
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According to Lilitri, Maloney had been doing well, adding that he was “he was healthy, happy and ready to thrive.” They had been working on filming a movie and Lilitri was going to help Maloney produce an album of his own over this upcoming summer.
“Tavish was literally a rockstar in every sense of the word,” Lilitri wrote emotionally. “He found the coolness in everything creative, he treated the stage like church and the audience like god. I can’t believe you’re gone. I miss you, I miss your voice, I miss your smile, I miss the stars in your eyes whenever the world would give you back a fraction of what you gave it. Tavish I love you so fucking much, and thank you for telling me that first all the time, otherwise idk if i wouldve had the courage to say it back and this would be even harder.”
Oso Oso’s label Triple Crown Records, and the outfit’s first label, Counter Intuitive Records, both paid their respects to Maloney on Twitter. Many musicians had pieces to say as well, including Christian Holden of The Hotelier, Kississippi, Mom Jeans, Prince Daddy & the Hyena and Retirement Party.
Sending love and condolences to Tavish’s family and friends and everyone in the extended @osoosoband family. We’re so sorry for your loss.
— Triple Crown Records (@3crown) March 26, 2021
having an inside joke with me was always more valuable to him than $40 and i’ll never forget that type of mindset
— Counter Intuitive (@CIRecs) March 28, 2021
I’m not prepared for this now and I literally was never prepared when I met Tav for the first time, when I toured with them for the first time, when I really got to know how sweet Tav was. Just the enormous positive energy. Love this fucking kid. RIP Tav. https://t.co/P4To78vOWN
— Christian Holden (@moldyfish) March 26, 2021
thank you for everything. i wish i could turn around on stage and see your sweet smiling face one more time. i will never forget you and the impact you had on our community. love you forever and ever tavboi. pic.twitter.com/iT4T4lGHR7
— kissy ✿ (@kississippiPHL) March 26, 2021
Tav will always be the best example I have of how to show up for your friends and how to to love INCREDIBLY hard without even trying. I hope to fuck I’ll see his ass someday, and if there really is a great big gig in the sky I know he’ll either be playing, or in the front row
— Mom Jeans. (@momjeansca) March 28, 2021
just indulged in the ol Tavish Trifecta (pizzahut, tacobell, sonic) in yr honor bro !!! love u !!!!! 🙏🙏🙏
— 🚀 Prince Daddy & The Hyena🚀 (@Pdaddynthehyena) March 26, 2021
Tavish was such a kind and generous person. Always welcoming. Always a light in the room. Always down to hang. We love u buddy. We are sending all of our love to everyone who knew and loved Tav. Rest well, friend.
— Retirement Party (@rtrmntprty) March 26, 2021