Uk Metalcore band Shields have released a statement concerning the shock death of their guitarist George Christie. The band, currently on tour with Escape the Fate in Europe, have just released their first new material in three years, and were promising a new album. The statement reads:

“There is no easy way to say this.

On the 31st of January our guitarist George Christie took his own life. He was the most empathetic, kind and generous person we ever met in our lives and we were lucky to call him our best friend and fellow band member.
We don’t want to disclose any more information about his passing out of respect for his family, please don’t ask. Those who need to know, know.

We will have more to say once time has passed.

Thank you
Sam, Joe, Alex, Lawrence.”

Obviously our thoughts go out to George’s family and friends, and to the other members of Shields.