Chris “The Bear” Hutka – known as the original clean vocalist for New York-based post-hardcore band The Bunny The Bear – has died.
The Bunny The Bear’s Matthew “The Bunny” Tybor broke the news on Saturday evening in a statement that reads:
“As some may have heard… our original singer Chris Hutka has passed away.
I’ve known Chris since I was 15, and we spent the better part of a decade causing trouble together, making music, having ins…and having outs. All while creating thousands of memories I will never forget. Chris had a massive heart, and an undeniable talent. The voice of an angel.
Nothing will ever change the love I have for him, and I know many of you feel the same.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace man ❤️🐻.”
Chris’ cause of death was not revealed. See a few tributes below. RIP.
Featured photo by Andrew Lipovsky
Losing a bandmate is losing a member of your family. We got the chance to tour the world together and I will never let those memories go. I love you forever Chris Hutka. Rest easy brother. I’ll do everything I can to make you proud. pic.twitter.com/DiqQKZg7Fp
— Nathan (@nateismfof) July 10, 2021
I remember when we had a chat about music stuff almost 10 years ago. You had a voice like no other. Rest easy Chris Hutka pic.twitter.com/lgIzooRAYA
— Tooth Bear (@ThisIsToothBear) July 10, 2021
i am absolutely crushed. i’ve been a huge fan of the bunny the bear for so long and knowing that chris is no longer with us is heartbreaking. he was such a talented person with a unique voice, and i know he will be missed by many people. rip chris hutka🐻https://t.co/cvMT7cADZL pic.twitter.com/Rp9qbeCGCH
— joteix🔮 (@Joteixxx) July 10, 2021
I am saddened to hear about the passing of Chris Hutka, formerly of The Bunny The Bear. Chris put out some albums with TBTB that I will always remember for the positive impact they had on me. He had such a cool vocal range for what he was doing. Sad all around.
— Ian SCENE 🤘🖤🤘 (@realIanScene) July 10, 2021
Chris Hutka who was the original Bear in The Bunny The Bear passed away today. I am beyond crushed. As yall know, The Bunny The Bear is my all time favorite band and Chris Vocals were some of the best I have ever heard. Rest in Peace Chris, you are the best!
— ISG | rsr2 (@rsr2) July 10, 2021
just heard about chris hutka and im so upset, absolutely loved the bunny the bear when i was younger and he still has one of the greatest voices to this day. rest easy king
— dw2jz (@dw2jz) July 10, 2021
I'm beyond saddened to hear that Chris Hutka (former singer of The Bunny The Bear) passed away. He was an amazing talent gone too soon. https://t.co/kBIrIHg92Q
— James (@Cornrow_Wallace) July 11, 2021
Jammed all 5 albums from The Bunny The Bear with Chris Hutka on them today. What a sad day it’s been. Rest In Peace bro, I’m thankful for the times we had.
— theshaolnslum (@NoahSarrels) July 11, 2021
I found earlier in the day that Chris Hutka passed away. His contribution to The Bunny The Bear can’t go unnoticed. His voice was unique and one of a kind. He will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Chris. Here’s the first song I heard from them. https://t.co/N50IKXtDn5
— Justin Maurer RWBY VOLUME 9 HYPE (@MagneticClown) July 11, 2021