Ryan Siew, guitarist for the band Polaris, has passed away – he was 26 years old at the time of his death.
Polaris is an Australian metalcore band that formed in 2012, with Siew joining them in 2013. He was an incredibly talented guitarist who, besides the band’s first EP, worked on every other release Polaris put out.
News of Siew’s passing comes from the band’s social media. Polaris share that the guitarist passed away on June 19th, and asks that folks respect the privacy of the band, Siew’s family, and his loved ones.
Here is the band’s full statement: “It is with shattered hearts & the deepest sorrow that we tell you our dear brother and bandmate Ryan Siew passed away on the morning of Monday June 19. He was 26 years old, and for 10 incredible years he was our best friend and artistic soulmate. Those years will never be enough. He was kindhearted and clever, he was funny and brave and creative, and he was talented beyond all measure. He loved art, and beauty in all its forms. He loved great food in great company. He loved Harry Potter and psych-thrillers and crime documentaries. He loved music, more diversely than you could ever imagine, and spoke its language in ways that only the rarest among us do. And most of all, he loved & adored his family & friends. He was also much admired and beloved by so many. Ryan, we will love and miss you for the rest of our days, and we will never fill the hole that you leave in all of our lives.
“Our hearts are with his family first and foremost, but also with all those whose lives he touched. We ask that you please respect the wishes of Ryan’s family for privacy at this time, and likewise that you give us, our team and family the space to grieve & attempt to heal from this immeasurable loss. We know that you will be grieving with us and that we, and our community, will hold each other through this.
“In loving memory of Ryan Siew 18.3.1997 – 19.6.2023
“May you be at peace
“Daniel, Jake, Jamie & Rick”
We send our love to Ryan’s family, his loved ones, and the band. May you Rest In Peace Ryan.