Bass player and vocalist for Christian band Big Daddy Weave Jay Weaver died at 42 from complications stemming from a case of Covid-19.

Jay’s brother, Big Daddy Weave frontman Mike Weaver, announced the news Sunday, stating that “Even though Covid took his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him.”

Jay was first hospitalized in late December due to COVID, but he had been dealing with health problems for years. In 2020, it was reported that Weaver was undergoing dialysis to assist in his kidney function, and in 2016 he had to have two feet amputated to prevent the spread of a potentially deadly infection.

Weaver was an active member of Big Daddy Weave since the group met while attending the University of Mobile in 1998. They released nine studio albums, most recently 2019’s When The Light Comes which got to No. 14 on Billboard‘s Top Christian Albums chart. The band was consistently successful through much of its run even if they aren’t super well-known outside of Christian circles.

Jay Weaver is survived by his wife Emily Weaver and three children, Makenzie, Madison and Nathan Weaver.

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