Canadian drummer dies of brain hemorrhage

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Drummer Devon Clifford, 30, of the band You Say Party! We Say Die! has died of a massive brain hemorrhage, his father said.

The band was playing a show Friday night at Vancouver’s Rickshaw Theatre when Clifford suddenly collapsed, his father Ron Clifford said.

Devon Clifford fell into a coma and doctors performed surgery but were unable to save him, the father said, adding that the hemorrhage was the result of congenital defects.

The dance-punk band released their third full-length album, “XXXX,” in September and was due to embark on a European tour later this month.

Ron said drumming was his son’s passion.

“He was meant to drum. It was in his nature,” he said. “He had a hell of a ride for a long time.”

Clifford said his son had a headache on the night he died.

“The band thought he was leaning down to pick up one of his sticks, but he was falling over,” he said.

Singer Becky Ninkovic held Clifford’s head as paramedics attended to him. He later lapsed into a coma and died in a Vancouver hospital.

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