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Jay Weaver, co-founder and bassist for the Christian band Big Daddy Weave, died Sunday due to complications from COVID-19. (Video screengrab via YouTube

Christian music fans mourn death of Jay Weaver of Big Daddy Weave

Condolences continue to come in for Jay Weaver of the Christian music group Big Daddy Weave died on Sunday from complications of COVID-19. Weaver, who played bass guitar and sang for the band, is survived by his wife, Emily, and the couple’s three children, according to the K-LOVE radio network.

Big Daddy Weave initially posted a social media message on Saturday asking for prayer for Jay and noted the performer was struggling with COVID-19.

“Jay has been in the hospital for five days fighting a tough battle against COVID,” the message read. “Would you pray with us for complete healing for Jay and for peace for his family? We pray in the name of Jesus that it be so.”

Emily Weaver said in a statement released through the band that her husband was fighting hard and expressed hope he would be healed. “I just want my best friend/everything to get better,” she said. However, Weaver died one day later.

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Weaver has experienced numerous health problems in recent years. His most recent battle unfolded in August when he was hospitalized after complications from dialysis. Doctors were worried he wouldn’t be able to return home, but the band rejoiced when it was announced he was healed. These serious issues came after other major health complications, including a double foot amputation in 2016 because of a serious infection in Weaver’s body.

Jay Weaver’s brother, Mike, released an emotional video statement on Sunday, thanking fans for prayers and proclaiming that his brother had gone to be with Jesus.

“You have walked with him through a huge fight,” he said. “My brother, Jay, went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago. Even though COVID may have taken his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him.”

Although Mike Weaver said his “heart’s broke” for his family, he expressed joy that his brother is with the Lord.

The band’s producers have not announced if upcoming shows in Kansas City, Arkansas, Texas, California and dozens of other locations will proceed.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice