JASON “Jay” Curley, bassist for Wollongong-based rock band Tumbleweed, died suddenly in his home on Monday.
“It is with deep sadness that we inform everyone of a great loss in the Tumbleweed family, our brother, friend and bass player Jay Curley passed away suddenly in his home yesterday,” the band wrote on their official Facebook page.
“We are still shocked by the news of his death.
“We hope that people will remember him for his music, his big heart and his total dedication to rock and roll.”
Many fans have responded to the Facebook post, one poster writing that he was “one of my favourite bass players”.
“Although I only met Jay once or twice, he certainly left his mark,” another poster wrote.
“Thoughts go out to Jay’s band-mates and family,” another wrote. “Thanks for all those tripped out heavy grooves Jay.”
No cause has yet been given for his death.
Tumbleweed was among the country’s most successful rock acts during the ‘90s.
The stoner rockers appeared at the Big Day Out and supported Nirvana during their only Australian tour.
They split in 1996, before reforming five years ago and releasing the Sounds from the Other Side album last year.