On the 8th of November, Black Tusks bassist Jonathan Athon and his girlfriend were involved in a motorcycle accident which resulted in Athon being placed into a medically induced coma. On the 9th, his machines were turned off and the world lost yet another talented musician – and to some, a family member and friend.
As per his decision, his organs were harvested for donation and his body cremated.
Today, the band have announced a memorial fund in his name. While his medical expenses were covered, those of his girlfriend were not. Thankfully she survived, though injured, but her road to recovery will be long. Funds raised will go towards her needs as well as those of two of Athon’s friends.
Further details from Black Tusk themselves:
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week. Many of you have been inquiring about Athon’s medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can.
Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets. Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts’ home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company.
Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant.
While Athon’s medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily’s have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally.
So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at moc.l1513088452iamg@1513088452dnuFn1513088452ohtA1513088452 if you care to donate.
Thank you. TCBT forever.