Black Tusk bassist and beloved member of the SAV music scene, Jonathan Athon, passed away earlier today as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Friday night. He was 32.
Black Tusk's label, Freeman Productions, issued the following email this Sunday afternoon:
"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud."
According to Savannah/Chatham Metro PD:
"Jonathan Athon, 32, of the 900 block of East 37th Street, and Emily Boutwell, 26, of the 2100 block of Reynolds Street, were transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 9:28 p.m. crash," a spokesman says.
"They were riding a 1981 Harley Davidson Sportster southbound on Price Street when the motorcycle crashed into the driver’s door of a 2014 Acura MDX driven east on Jones Street by an 85-year-old Savannah man."