Hit the Lights mourns the death of their guitarist Kyle Maite, who passed away last Tuesday (September 20) at the age of 37.
The group revealed the news via their social media channels, expressing their grief and loss in the post while sharing a pair of GoFundMe pages that had been launched to help raise money for Maite’s wife and children.
The group’s statement reads as follows:
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we at HTL announce the passing of our brother, friend and guitarist Kyle Maite. He left us Tuesday morning, and everything is different now. Our lives have lost their luster. He is survived by his amazing wife and two beautiful children, and it is absolutely unbearable to think of life without him here. We’re all a little lost right now, and we could type a novel of our thoughts and feelings, but that wouldn’t change a thing. He is gone and all we have is each other to continue the light he brought to every life he touched. Kyle was the best. A loyal, loving, dependable, rock-solid human with a heart of gold. We’ll never get over it and it’s hard to imagine a day when we won’t cry. We look forward to the hugs, the hangings, the tears and the laughter as we remember Kyle – and we’ll try to be grateful to have spent time with him. It is a huge loss for so many, and our hearts and thoughts go out to the rest of his friends and family, who we know are grieving as deeply as we are. Kyle Maite forever.
Two gofundme have been created in his honor, you are invited to visit and donate for his wife and children here:
Once we have time to regroup and mourn, we will make future announcements. Thank you for all the amazing loving moments we were able to share with you and Kyle.
According to SNBC13, Maite died in a truck accident. The musician had been a lineman for Old Dominion’s Columbus Ohio terminal when he was not playing with the band. He is survived by his wife Kalen and his children Cameron and Jordan, as well as his extended family.
Maite joined the band as lead and rhythm guitarist in 2016, having also played with The Rydells and Thief Club.
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