Songwriter and Gary Allan’s keyboardist died on Friday (May 1) in Nashville, which sadly happened to also be his birthday. He was 43 years old.
Taste of Country reported that the musician had been hospitalized for about a week following a brief unspecified illness and had recently gone into hospice care.
“It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of my longtime keyboard player, our brother, John Lancaster. Following a brief illness, John passed away this morning in Nashville. A Georgia native, John joined Gary Allan Tours in 2007 and quickly became more than just a band member. He was a brother to me and all of the band and crew and a friend to everyone he met.” a statement read on Allan’s Facebook page.
“John had a way of making everyone laugh when he walked in the room, either from something he said or some look he would give you. If you had the chance to hear him play the intro to “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” you know his remarkable playing came straight from his heart to all of those listening. His showmanship and often colorful and eccentric wardrobe made him a fan favorite on and off stage. Most importantly, John was a great Dad to his sweet daughter, Olivia. At this time, I ask you to please keep John’s family and friends in your prayers. Dr. John Lancaster, it has been a beautiful ride.”
Watch the beautiful tribute video posted by Allan of the late keyboard player below.
Lancaster also toured with Jamey Johnson and Will Hoge. He also wrote several songs, including “You Without Me,” for Allan’s 2013 album Set You Free.
Lancaster leaves behind a daughter, Olivia. His cause of death is currently unknown.
Our hearts and prayers go out the Reid family at this time.