Caleb Scofield, bassist and vocalist of Massachusetts hardcore band Cave In and sludge projects Old Man Gloom and Zozobra, has died in a car accident. He was 39. As NECN reports, Scofield was killed after crashing into a toll plaza in New Hampshire, just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Scofield first rose to prominence with Cave In, joining the band in 1998. They’d already endured a number of lineup changes up to that point, but stuck with Scofield for the rest of the way—until 2006 for their initial run, then reuniting in 2009. Scofield played on the band’s debut album, 1998's Hydra Head, which they followed up with the polarizing-but-successful major label debut for major label RCA, Antenna.
Scofield was involved in extreme metal supergroup of sorts Old Man Gloom, formed by Isis frontman Aaron Turner in 1999, when he wasn’t touring or recording with Cave In. Since 2006, he fronted sludge side project Zozobra while Cave In was on hiatus, and stuck with it to release three crushing albums, most recently Savage Masters in 2013.
His former bandmates shared heartfelt tributes on social media, still struggling to process the news. Old Man Gloom’s official Facebook page writes: “We’d like to thank everyone for the kind words coming in. We will have countless words to say, and endless stories to tell in the future, but today we are just trying to keep it together.” Cave In’s official account shared a similar statement, commending the “unfathomable world of inspiration” from Scofield. “We are shocked and devastated by the passing of Caleb Scofield,” the band writes. “Thank you for your support, and for understanding how difficult this is for us.”
Both posts link to a YouCaring page for his family, which you can check out here to donate.