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RIP Casey Calvert

Written by PETA | November 26, 2007

Casey_Calvert.JPGCasey Calvert, the guitarist for Hawthorne Heights, was found dead in his tour bus on Friday, apparently from a case of acute asthma. In addition to being a kickass guitarist, Casey was a great friend to PETA and to animals, and his loss is very deeply felt in our office today. Some of my colleagues in peta2, who knew him best, have written tributes to Casey which you can read below. We will always remember his kindness, his enthusiasm, and his unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

I have been on many tours with Casey over the last couple of years. Casey was one of the nicest people I have met in all my years on the road. I used to give him a hard time about leaving a venue before he needed to be on stage to go watch ‘A Nightmare before Christmas’ or some other similar type movie. He was always so nice to everyone he met, and willing to take the time to say hello to his fans. He also cared about animals and was always willing to be a voice for them. I really do not know what to say, but Casey will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to his family and band mates. -Jason Bayless

I met Casey on Warped Tour this past summer. Although he generally steered clear of the spotlight, he was always willing work with peta2 to be a voice for animals. Every encounter I had with Casey, he would always tell me that he was willing to do whatever for the animals, and to let him know about any upcoming projects with peta2. He will truly be missed. -Lara Sanders

If I would have randomly met Casey on the street, I would have had no idea that he was a professional rock star. He was so shy and sweet. I remember one time running into him at the local mall when Hawthorne Heights was in town. He was all by himself, and we asked him what he was up to. He said that he had just finished playing, and he had dashed out right away to make it in time to see the brand new Harry Potter movie- and to this day, I don’t think I have ever seen anyone more excited to watch a Harry Potter film. Casey was a sweetheart and will be remembered forever. -Mylie Thompson

Casey was always interested in updates to peta2 campaigns over the years, tried to make it a point to stop by our booth at festivals and tours just to say hello, and was one of the most consistent supporters of all that we do to help animals. He’s inspired many Street Teamers to get more active for animals and has helped to educate thousands of music fans about cruelty to animals for campaigns such as the one we have against KFC. -Pulin Modi

I remember Casey coming to our table at Warped Tour signing the petition, asking about the shirts, and looking at the stickers and leaflets. He actually stopped by the table a couple of times during Hawthorne Heights’ time on Warped Tour and said hello and what not. Really one of the nicest band members that I have spoken with. -Cody Ammerman

At Bamboozle, I gave Casey a vegan chocolate chip cookie bar made by the lovely people at Trustkill Records. Casey got the biggest grin on his face I’ve ever seen. It was absolutely adorable! -Nicole Nuss

Casey would email me out of the blue with all these ideas about things that he could do with us to help animals. He was always thinking about new ways that he could get involved to help animals. -Dan Shannon

Casey was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever worked with at peta2- so down to earth and friendly. He was a true friend of the animals, and will be missed by many. -Violet Owens

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  • jericho cole says:

    RIP Casey you were a good friend you will always live on in our heart and you will never be forgotten in the lives of the people that cared for you. we love you casey.

  • 15YrOldNebraska says:

    I didn’t know Casey. But I have all their cd’s and dvd’s. I’m in study hall right now at York High in Nebraska. And listening to their music on my ipod at this moment. I love you Casey. Rest in Peace Bud. You WILL be missed! ‘

  • Cara says:

    I am not over you Casey. I never even got to see you live. I saw the rest of the band… but the day wasn’t the same without you there. I wish you hadn’t died. You are forever a part of my life you helped save it. Thank you for have been alive. I miss you. x with all the love in the world another ohio geek.

  • claire says:

    oh casey i love you. its been such a long time and i am still in shock. you will live forever in my heart. claire

  • rikki hurst says:

    casey calvert will alwayz live on …r.i.p an we love u

  • Erika Gonzalez says:

    I still have trouble coping with this I feel like it can’t be real… Casey can’t be gone… then i go online and see pics that say R.I.P Casey Calvert…and i cry… I’ve cryed for months now…everytime i see hear or talk about hawthorne heights But i wish the guys the best and i want them to know that the fans will be behind them 100 for the rest of their careers. Erika

  • stephany says:

    Casey calvert i will miss u you are the greatest and and all the memories will still remain u are my hero 333

  • A girl says:

    hey everyone……rip casey we all loved you your awsome and youll always be years will pass but we will never forget who that awsome guitarist was..even though i barley knew anything about him my bff told me the news and i wrote a song for him you rock casey and ill miss you.peace and love xoxo a girl

  • Laura says:

    Casey was a friend to all and to all animals. He will be missed so much. R.I.P you amazing guy. We love and miss you!

  • tina emogirl41 says:

    dear casey i loved u u r the hottest emo in the band. i will not 4 get u. i have asthma also rest in peace ur 1.

  • =[ says:

    Casey you were amazing. I love you and Hawthorne Heights stay strong. 3 xxxxxxxxx

  • Mellsuperstar says:

    Aww Casey. I love you even though I’ve never met you you we’re kick ass live. You the rest of the band made warped o7′ Aug. 25th one of the best days of my life. Rest in Paradise you’re amazing. 33 Regards to family and friends.

  • Kitty says:

    Casey was a very sweet person he cared deeply about animals and I will carry on his fight in making the world a better place. We love you Casey.

  • Megan[r.i.p casey] says:

    Why does such a good guy have to die? R.I.P casey Everyone loves you!

  • Madisen Moore says:

    RIP Casey !! 33 I love you

  • why casey? says:

    Daer Mystique Makepeace I feel the same way you do. when i found out casey died i was devastated. i cried myself to sleep listening to “we are so last year.” i couldn’t believe it. people kept on telling me that i should stop crying about it cause i didn’t know him personally but it’s still upseting cause it was someone you knew that didn’t deserve to die. he was a great person and will always be rememberd. R.I.P. casey calvert. 19812007

  • Eva says:

    Casey was an awesome guitat player thats why i loved the band so much when i heard about CASEY paaing away i was crying. I watched his videos for The PETA and anything else he was inspired me to do things like that for animals and CASEY will always be Remember for the good times and the fame and i hope his family gets all the support they can get i know im supporting CASEY and HIS FAMILY. RIP CASEY CALVERT

  • marek - poland says:

    let’s hurry to love people they pass so quickly…

  • Krystal says:

    Seriously….You really shouldn’t post ANYTHING that you don’t have proof of…In case you were at all wondering they have not yet found out how he died in his sleep..Apparentely YOU haven’t seen hwat Hawthorne Heights have been saying…Please don’t make shit up…ANd thats what you did… Instead of just saying the truth you put that he died from an acute case of asthma…THE CORNERS OFFICE SAYS THEY WON’T KNOW FOR 90 days…. R.I.P. Casey Calvert You were an amazing person…And will be deeply missed by all of us who got to know you and who made us laugh our asses off….

  • chad staples says:

    dear casey. im speechless right now. it shouldnt take a death to make people think how fragile life is. you will be in my prayers along with the hawthorne crew and the family’s. just a fan.

  • Beth says:

    Casey is my aunts nephew by marriage and I know for a fact that he was not into “coke” or any other kind of drug. He had asthma and by going from Ohio to the dense air of Washington would give any asthmatic problems. Nothing has been confirmed yet so please wait till the autopsy report is in. If you don’t have respect for him at least have the respect for his wife Ashley and his family.

  • erica says:

    Everything happens 4 a reason.. But Idk why this happen.. I cry when I hear his name.. i cry when i hear there songs.. i cry because know i’ll never meet him! 3 maybe god didn’t have plans for the rest of his life! Only god knows why! RIP!

  • shawna says:

    casey will always be missed. in loving memory. miss u.3

  • Judith, Freedom Fighter for Animals says:

    What a shame to lose someone so wonderful and with so much compassion to give. The good people and all the animals shall miss you greatly. Rest in peace gentle one.

  • Britney says:

    I met Casey less than a month ago. He was sweet and kind. His memory shall remain strong. RIP.

  • Amanda says:

    He will be greatly missed. We held a ceremony at the church sunday morning. we will always rememeber him. and not just because he was in a famous band but because he was a good person. he cared about people. when i had the chance to meet him he was so kind and sweet. one of the greastest people alive. I miss him sooo much. and i hope all of you remember his name as good as i will. R.I.P

  • Mystique Makepeace says:

    You know what sucks? When nice ordinary people like Casey who have spent a large portion of their lives speaking up for animals are usually completly unknown to most people hardly anyone at my school knew about him. BUT if some rich fat wrinklie “I’mfortynineyearsoldandgotababy” loserous carnivore like Steve Erwin or however you spell his name dies the whole world suddenly goes into mourning! What’s wrong with this twisted earth? Did people cry at his death because his ‘romantic passing’ bought a lot of publicity and money for the news channels? But anyway as I’ve already said but can’t say enough we’ll miss ya Case’

  • russell strong says:

    casey was a friend of mine.he was heavily into coke but no one would talk about itor try to help him.he was a great guitar player and made the band moneyso it was kept qt.i only wish someone would have helped himhe might still be here.he will be missed.

  • Holly says:

    The soul takes flight to the world that is invisible. There arriving is sure of bliss and forever dwells in paradise.

  • manuela says:

    we will miss you very much. this is not fair… Rest In Peace.

  • Carla says:

    Casey Calvert sounded like a wonderful man. Rest In Peace! You will be greatly missed and an inspiration to all!

  • Liz Cameron says:

    Casey Calvert was one of the best people ever. He did such an AMAZING job in Hawthorne Heights. It sucks that He passed away. When I heard the news yesterday on MTV i cried. I didn’t personally know Casey but it still hurts to know that he passed away. My sister and I wrote a poem about how bad we feel for his family and band mates. My deepest condolences go out to the band and Casey’s Family. R.I.P. Casey Calvert

  • Mystique Makepeace says:

    Casey we will mourn you as a saint to the animals.

  • liliana says:

    Why the good people has to go so quickly? we need many people like him in this world. Rest in Peace

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