Mike Taylor, a multi-instrumentalist best known for his association with the Canadian rock band, Walk Off The Earth –has passed.
According to an official statement from the band, Mike –their keyboardist –died away in his sleep, from natural causes.
Mike was founding member of Canadian indie-pop band Walk Off the Earth –which was founded in Burlington, Ontario, Canada around 2006.
The band first gained notoriety for their cover of Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”
They subsequently signed to Columbia Records and released two full-length albums: 2013’s R.E.V.O. and 2015’s Sing It All Away. They most recently released EPs entitled Holiday Beard Ballads Vol. 1 in 2017 and Subscribe to the Holidays.
Mike Taylor played a variety of instruments in Walk Off the Earth, including piano, keyboards, organ, vocals, xylophone, glockenspiel, melodica, trumpet, didgeridoo, accordion, kazoo, euphonium, and slide whistle. He primarily played keyboard for the group
Mike –who was also known as Beard Guy –for obvious reasons, is survived by his two teenage children; daughter, Mylie and son, Jackson. It is not clear as of now if he was in romantic relationship or if he was married.
His daughter, Mylie Taylor paid tribute to her father posting a photo to her social media and which she captioned
“Never take a second for granted with people you love. This morning, I lost my best friend in the blink of an eye. Words cannot describe the admiration and love I have for my father. He is my role model, I aspire to be like him in every way. Everyday from this point forward I will constantly be thinking of everything he’s taught me, I’m gonna live to make him proud. His heart is unmatchable, no one is like Mike Taylor, Everyday I have left I will spend trying to imitate the amazing person so many people knew and loved. Rest In Peace to the light of my life. I know your with me right now as I type this. I love you forever. You never know how long you have left with someone, cherish the people you love.”
Find Mike Taylor’s Instagram account here. RIP