Sad news to report as Jon Kennedy, known for his work in Cradle if Filth, Hecate Enthroned, Daemonum, Imperial Genocide and more, died on September 25th, 2023 at the age of 46.
Cradle of Filth mastermind Dani Filth wrote the following tribute on his social pages:
“It is with much sadness that we hear about the untimely passing of our former bassist Jon Kennedy.
He was a great bassist and singer who filled in for Cradle at a time of such magical import, mayhem and mischief.
I distinctly remember having a wickedly wonderful week staying just outside Wrexham in Wales at Jon’s Mum’s house in 1995.
We picked our own magic mushrooms from a local football pitch and then watched Emperor synch up with the newly-released Disney Aladdin on VHS, heading out to undertake Black Metal shenanigans thereafter. We were always pulling pranks and playfully winding each other up back in those days.
He will be missed!
Godspeed old friend. 🤘🏻
The below posted @withregram • @cradleoffilth_france
We have just learned of the death of Jon Kennedy.
Jon was @cradleoffilth ‘s third bassist, called back to replace Robin “Graves” Eaglestone during The Principle of Evil Made Flesh Tour. He also participated in the first recording sessions for Dusk and Her Embrace (It’s Jon who performed on Dusk and Her Embrace – The Original Sin).
He was also one of the founders and singer of @hecateenthronedofficial .
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Rest in Power mate!
Jon Matthew Kennedy
Aug 25th, 1977 – Sep 25th 2023”
Hecate Enthroned released the following message:
“We are shook and devasted by the passing of our brother Jon Kennedy. This isn’t just a huge loss for his family and friends, but for the thousands of music fans and genre lovers that he touched and inspired.
Jon’s passion for music was huge and at times all consuming which is reflected in how he is revered within the Black Metal scene. Working with Jon on music was fun, inspiring and challenging because anyone with that drive and passion was a force and this continued after Hecate with all his musical endeavours right up to the end with the Power house Imperial Genocide. But this passion was matched with the love for his family and his close friends. A loving father and husband and son.
Our thoughts and hearts are with his wonderful family at this incredibly difficult time. As we mourn our brother please be mindful of his family and respect their space. But please raise the horns for Jon.
Nos da Jon
Donations to the go fund me to help his family would be greatly appreciated
The GoFundMe description reads:
“Hi everyone, as most of you know we unfortunately lost a fantastic man on the 25th September 2023 Jon Kennedy, Jon was known for his music his mates and most importantly his family who he now leaves a legacy with I have started this fundraiser to help raise any costs for a funeral that the family will need any help is appreciated even if its 50p any money donated will go straight to the family thank you
Rest easy jon”