Ben Kweller’s son Dorian Zev lifeless in automotive wreck at 16

The older of singer Ben Kweller’s two sons was killed Monday evening, his dad and mom introduced in separate posts on social media. The boy, additionally a musician, was 16.

“There’s no way that I can be typing this but I am…. Our son, Dorian Zev Kweller, was killed last night. He was only 16 and he was a true legend. Kindest, gentle soul, a friend to all. If you knew him, you know. We’ll never get over him as long as we’re here on earth. Please keep his spirit alive with your memories and the music he made,” the “Wasted & Ready” singer-songwriter wrote Tuesday on Instagram.

The demise was confirmed Tuesday by a publicist for the Austin-based musician, 41, who has toured with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ben Folds and Death Cab for Cutie. Dorian Kweller recorded music beneath the title Zev and has a handful of songs out there on Spotify.

“Oh my god Ben Lizzy I can’t believe this here for you in any way you need love you so much im so sorry,” musician Ben Lee wrote in feedback.” Kweller and Lee toured Australia years in the past with Ben Folds, calling themselves “The Bens.”

“Omg Ben no words. Heart breaks. Can’t even fathom this. Deepest condolences to you and your family,” musician Pete Yorn wrote.

“I’m so very sorry. This is heartbreaking beyond comprehension. Sending you all love and prayers,” mannequin Lily Aldridge stated within the feedback.

“Dorian Zev wrote and recorded songs every day,” his father wrote. “A true poet from the day he started speaking. Only a few of his recordings were released but he was on a path and excited about his journey. He had so many plans!!!”

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Liz Kweller, Ben’s spouse and Dorian’s mother, shared extra particulars in a social media put up, saying her son was driving house when he swerved to keep away from a truck in his lane. The teen was killed on affect, she stated, when a tree limb got here by way of the windshield.

“I’m in a state of shock and don’t know what to do or say. These words don’t sound real but we lost Dorian last night in a blink of an eye,” she wrote, including later, “I’m losing my mind and don’t know when I will ever be OK again. Please send our family as much positive energy. We are living in a nightmare and completely lost right now. I just want my baby boy back.”

The complete household nearly died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a New Mexico cabin a decade in the past.

Afterward, the performer instructed Nashville Noise in 2019, “I didn’t want to play music anymore. I didn’t want to leave my family’s side, and for the first time in my life, I was scared. When you almost die, everything changes and all the unimportant s— disappears. Luckily, I kept writing songs and they got me through some really dark places.”

Ben Kweller stated Tuesday that Dorian Zev’s first gig was developing at SXSW in two weeks.

“My last text with him was about the merch he wanted to make,” the singer wrote. “My baby boy was at the starting line with so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happen. We’re in complete shock and don’t know what the future holds. Lizzy, [son] Judah, and I have no idea how to deal with this disaster.”

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