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Walk Off The Earth: Mike 'Beard Guy' Taylor dies in his sleep

(L to R) Joel Cassady, Ryan Marshall, Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, and Mike Taylor of Walk Off The Earth
(L to R) Joel Cassady, Ryan Marshall, Sarah Blackwood, Gianni Luminati, and Mike Taylor of Walk Off The Earth

Canadian pop band Walk Off The Earth have announced the death of "beloved brother and band member" Mike Taylor.

The band realeased a short statement alongside a picture of their late bandmate on Twitter.

"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike 'Beard Guy' Taylor," the band said.

"Mike had a love for life that was unmatched and a willingness to give that went beyond ordinary means. He passed peacefully from natural causes last night in his sleep.

"Our deepest sympathies are with his two children, whom he adored more than anything else in the world. We ask for privacy for his family in this trying time."

Mike played piano, keyboards and organ and was known as the band's 'Beard Guy'.

Walk Off the Earth are best known for their cover of Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know, which the band released on YouTube in 2012 and has been viewed more than 185 million times.

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