Mike Taylor of Walk off the Earth has passed away

RIP Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor at the Ritz in Raleigh during their tour stop in NC 2018.

Mike Taylor at the Ritz in Raleigh during their tour stop in NC 2018.

With a very heavy heart I share the news with you that Mike Taylor (aka - beard guy) of the band Walk off the Earth has passed away. Mike Taylor was the talented keyboardist and backing vocalist of the incredible unique Canadian indie pop band Walk off the Earth. The band is known for some incredible covers that went viral on their YouTube channel and also their original music such as their most recent single "Fifth Avenue”. The band was scheduled to perform on New Year's Eve in Niagara Falls for CBC.

The band posted:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor. 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.
— Walk off the Earth

I got the chance to photograph Walk off the Earth and had a brief communication with Mike through Instagram. He really liked the photographs I took of him and the band and was excited to see the pictures. I was able to send him the post via e-mail at his request. He was nice and very kind to me and I can only imagine how amazing he was to the people close to him.

I want to send my condolences to his family, kids, friends, band mates and to all of his fans from around the world. He will be missed. RIP Mike Taylor.