Former Boston drummer Sib Hashian is dead, according to multiple reports.
Hashian’s wife, Suzanne, told WCVB that the 67-year-old musician collapsed onstage Wednesday night while performing during the Legends of Rock Cruise. A witness told TMZ that CPR was performed and a defibrillator was used, but Hasian died on the boat.
“It is with deep and profound sadness I share the news of my husband’s, John ‘Sib’ Hashian, the drummer formerly of the band Boston, sudden death,” Suzanne Hashian, his wife of 38 years, said Thursday.
A cause of death has not been announced, but Hahian’s son told Fox News that “we think it might be a heart attack.” It’s unclear if he had any preexisting health conditions.
Hashian is best known for performing on Boston’s first two albums, including the 1976 hits “More Than a Feeling” and “Longtime.” The band, which features lead guitarist Tom Scholz, fractured in 1979 during a contract dispute with a former manager; guitarist Barry Goudreau recorded a solo album, with help from Hashian and vocalist Brad Delp.
In later years, Hashian owned a record shop and several tanning salons in the Boston, Massachusetts, area.
Suzanne Hashian told WCVB that funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.
According to TMZ, the cruise ship, which began its trip March 18 in Florida and made several stops in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas, will continue with other musicians performing tributes to Hashian. The L.O.R. Cruise lineup includes Goudreau and Kansas’ John Elefante.
Hashian’s daughter, Lauren, is also known for her relationship with actor-wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Jasmine, in 2015.