News has come down that award-winning music producer Kato Khandwala died yesterday in a motor-cycle crash. No other information is available at this time. Khandwala was known best for his work with bands such as The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, Blondie, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool and Pierce The Veil. Some of the bands he worked with released comments, upon the breaking news of his death.
Pop Evil commented:
“Today our world stopped. We lost a mentor, a brother, a leader, but most of all a good friend. Kato, thank you for helping bring positivity and fun throughout this last album we made together. Our lives are forever better having you been in them. So blessed we were able to work with you. You will forever be loved by the POP EVIL family.”
Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale commented:
“Kato Khandwala, you will forever be a part of the HALESTORM family. Thank you for touching this universe with your music and your amazing ability to bring out the best in the artists you worked with. My friend, even though you can’t be with us in the same form you were… you burned bright, and that light will never be lost on us. My heart also goes out to Kato’s family and loved ones in this hard time.”
Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext stated:
“It doesn’t seem real. I don’t understand this. I keep trying to think what you would say to me right now if you were here. Kato Khandwala… father, son, partner, producer artist and to so many of us in the industry, a brother. Your kindness, guidance and unwavering support for me and almost anyone you came into contact with was inspiring. You were an example of living your life with integrity, love and peace in your heart. You always reminded me to live in the moment. You came into my life and continued throughout our friendship to have a profound impact on my sobriety. You taught me the power of defining my value as an artist and how to ask for and accept what I deserved graciously. For all these reasons and more, I am a better man for having known you. My heart goes out to your children, your mother and Shannon. I love you so much and I’ll see you on the other side.”