Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller’s 16-year-old son, Dorian, died on Monday in a car accident.
The musician, 41 — who has toured with the likes of Ed Sheehan — confirmed the tragic news in an Instagram post shared Tuesday.
“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,” Kweller wrote.
“If you knew him, you know. We’ll never get over him as long as we’re here on earth,” he continued. “Please keep his spirit alive with your memories and the music he made.”
The “Wasted & Ready” crooner — who shared Dorian with his wife, Liz Smith Kweller — went on to say how proud he was of his son for following in his footsteps.
“Dorian Zev wrote and recorded songs every day. A true poet from the day he started speaking,” Ben continued. “Only a few of his recordings were released but he was on a path and excited about his journey.”
He added that Dorian’s “first big gig” was coming up in a few weeks at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas.
“My last text with him was about the merch we wanted to make,” Ben recounted. “My baby boy was at the starting line with so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happen.”
The grieving father concluded his post by telling followers that his family is in “complete shock” and unsure how to process “this disaster.”
Ben also thanked fans, friends and loved ones for their “prayers and support” amid the devastation.
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