Founding Firehouse singer CJ Snare died Friday night at age 64 of unspecified causes.

“It is with great sorrow we are letting the world know we have lost our brother: CJ Snare, the rock and roll warrior, lead vocalist, and a founding member of Firehouse,” the band wrote on their Facebook page. “CJ snare passed unexpectedly at home Friday night, April 5, 2024. He was a young 64 years old. … We are all in complete shock with CJ’s untimely passing.”

Snare co-founded Firehouse in the late ’80s, and remained in the group alongside guitarist Bill Leverty and drummer Michael Foster for nearly four decades. He co-wrote all three of the band’s top 20 hits: 1991’s “Don’t Treat Me Bad” and “Love of a Lifetime” and 1992’s “When I Look Into Your Eyes.”

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In 2023 Snare underwent unspecified surgery and was temporarily forced off the road, but he had been expected to return to live performances this summer.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Snare family, Katherine Little, friends, and all our beloved fans all over the world,” the band wrote. “‘Reach for the Sky’ CJ! You will be forever missed by family, friends, fans and your band mates. You’re singing with the angels now.”

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