Mike “Beard Guy” Taylor, keyboardist and vocalist in Walk Off the Earth, has died.
The Canadian band said on Twitter Sunday night, “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother and band member, Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor.”
They were scheduled to play a New Year’s Eve gig Monday night at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Canada.
The indie pop band is known for their cover songs on YouTube as well as originals including recent single “Fifth Avenue.”
The band released “Subscribe to the Holidays” in November. And Taylor played Santa in the band’s YouTube version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
The post went on to say, “Mike had a love for life that was unmatched and a willingness to give that went beyond ordinary means.” It said Taylor died “peacefully from natural causes last night in his sleep.”