Following the sudden death of former Divine Heresy bassist Joseph Payne on Friday (24), a GoFundMe has been launched to cover his funeral expenses.
“Joe was just 35 when he tragically passed away January 24th, 2020,” starts the description of the GoFundMe, written by organizer Whitney Nicole. “He was an incredibly loving fiance, son, brother, and friend. Joe was an amazing soul, a dreamer and story-teller, easy to love and always willing to share that humor, love and energy with everyone he encountered.”
The post continues,
“Joe’s most profound passion was his music and sharing it relentlessly. Self-taught thanks to endless hours listening to Metallica, whether he was playing guitar or bass, Joe’s energy and skill captured the attention of all who listened and allowed him to share himself and his stories with so many all over the world.
Above all, whether it was making soupy mac ‘n cheese, being playful with his nieces or just being gross ‘Uncle Joe Joe”, protecting his family or just being the original “Lovey”, Joe was more then anything loved back by so many more.
So we are asking for all to help us celebrate one last time the life and times of Joseph Payne and ensure he has a funeral service that everyone can be apart of and appreciate. Thank you everyone!”
Divine Heresy guitarist Dino Cazares broke the news of Payne’s passing on social media Friday evening. “Joe was a great friend, a great band member and an incredible musician,” wrote Cazares in the post. “Although he played bass in Divine Heresy, he was an incredible guitarist. I first saw him playing bass in Nile and right then and there, I said, ‘I want that guy in my band.’ After having that first conversation that night, I realized he was a great dude and from there on, we’ve shared some amazing moments in life and on tour, from Australia to South America to Canada to Mexico to Europe etc..”
Payne’s cause of death hasn’t been revealed yet.
Aside from Divine Heresy, Payne briefly played bass in Nile, as well as bass and guitar in a number of other bands.