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- Posted on Mar 12th 2012 12:30PM by Jason MacNeil
"Attention: This is serious," the band wrote on its Facebook page early Sunday morning. "Singer-songwriter, son, brother, best friend and everything that we all wish we could be passed away this evening after performing. Please pray for his family. Thanks for all of your support."
According to Youngstown paper The Vindicator, Smith became ill moments after Marbles for Eyes concluded their set at the venue known as Cedars. Some of his band mates proceeded to take him out of the venue for some fresh air but he collapsed and lost consciousness. Paramedics arrived at the scene to try resuscitating Smith but were unsuccessful. He was then rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he was pronounced dead.
According to venue owner Mara Simon, Smith said he "wasn't feeling well, but he still wanted to go on with the show." She also said that after performing Smith was thirsty, had a high body temperature and mentioned pain he was experiencing in his left arm.
The coroner's office said no foul play is suspected and the death is not suspicious. Smith, a native of Akron but who lived in Zanesville, was not a smoker or drinker but his family history had suffered from heart problems.
Hours before performing the group poignantly posted on Facebook: "Tonight!!! We are LOVING LIFE doing what we do in Youngstown Oh @ Cedars Lounge With 'the Zou."
"Matt Smith, lead singer of the band Marbles for Eyes passed away last night after his performance at Cedars," the Zou posted on their Facebook page Sunday. "He was an amazingly sweet guy with an incredible passion for his art and a talented performer. The Zou is proud to have played with him and profoundly sad we will not have that opportunity again. Please keep his bandmates and family in your thoughts."
According to Marbles for Eyes' site, Smith founded the group around 2003. The group, based in Cambridge, Ohio, had released their debut album, 'Watertowers Are the Devil,' and were reportedly working on a sophomore album titled 'Dead Language.'
The group stated Monday they should know about funeral arrangements and visitation shortly. "We appreciate everyone's support," the group wrote on Facebook. "We should know by 1PM, this afternoon, the details on calling hours."