Luis Vasquez, generally known as the musician behind the mission The Smooth Moon, has died on the age of 44.

The Smooth Moon launched a collection of six textured, goth-inspired submit punk albums between 2010 and 2022 on the US unbiased labels Captured Tracks and Sacred Bones.

The information of Vasquez’s passing was confirmed in a press release on The Smooth Moon’s Instagram account earlier at this time (January 19), though no explanation for demise was given.

“It is with great sadness that we announce our dear friend, Luis Vasquez has passed away,” the assertion learn. “Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends and extended music family.”

“We ask to respect their privacy during this difficult time. If you have a memory of Luis, no matter if you were a close friend of his or not, please feel free to share. This is a huge loss and our hearts are broken.”

Though particulars haven’t been confirmed, it was reported by Resident Advisor that Vasquez’s demise occurred throughout the identical incident that additionally killed Sandwell District member Juan Mendez and his accomplice Simone Ling.

Tributes have been made to Vasquez on social media because the information was damaged. The band HEALTH wrote: “Goddamn it. I’m glad we were lucky enough to make some music with you. This is heartbreaking.”

Primavera Sound Competition posted on X/Twitter, saying: “We are devastated to hear about the death of Luis Vasquez (The Soft Moon), an artist we have welcomed in several editions of Primavera Sound as well as tours around Spain and Portugal. We will miss him greatly. Rest in peace.”

See a variety of additional tributes to Vasquez beneath.