We regret to report that Corey James Steger, a founding member and former guitarist for Underoath, has died after being involved in a car accident on March 17th 2021.
The news of his tragic passing was confirmed by former bandmate Dallas Taylor (Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, ex-Underoath), who shared a statement via Instagram which you can read below.
“I don’t know how to type this. I’m without words. Yesterday 3/17/2021 at around 6:00 p.m. Corey Steger one of the original founding members of @underoathband was rear ended in a car wreck, and went home to be with the Lord. Him, and his family have had such an impact during my accident, and recovery. I still remember him washing my hair in ICU just wanting to love on me, and be there for me. He is one of the kindest souls I’ve ever known. I really cannot wrap my head around this, and I don’t even know what to type. I love you Corey you are one of the greatest closest friends I’ve ever known. My heart is completely broken for his wife, kids, and his family if you can please keep them in your prayers.”
Underoath later issued a statement of their own via Twitter, which read as follows.
— Underoath (@UnderoathBand) March 19, 2021
“Yesterday we received news that shook us. Our friend and founding Underoath member Corey Steger died suddenly this week. He was an uncommonly caring person. He was constantly striving to be a better version of himself not just for himself but to be the best example of God’s love to his wife and two children who he loved more than anything. We would not be who we are without him, period. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Godspeed, Corey.”
Steger joined the band in 1998, and featured on their first two albums – 1999’s ‘Act Of Depression’ and 2000’s ‘Cries Of The Past’ – before stepping down in 2001.
Following his departure from Underoath, he provided a few contributions to the bands Encryptor and Royal Anguish in 2003, joined Hand Of Fire in 2010 before leaving in 2015, and contributed to Heirs Of Isildur in 2017.
We here at DEAD PRESS! offer our deepest sympathies to Corey Stager‘s family, friends, and loved ones at this very difficult time.