Ed Sheeran‘s touring partner and co-writer has suffered major heartbreak with news of his teenage son’s sudden death.
Ben Kweller – who opened for the British singer on his 2019 tour – confirmed his 16-year-old son, Dorian, was killed overnight.
Kweller’s wife, Liz, later confirmed on social media that their son died in a car accident.
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“There’s no way that I can be typing this but I am….,” Kweller began in a heartbreaking tribute shared on Instagram. “Our son, Dorian Zev Kweller, was killed last night. He was only 16 and he was a true legend. Kindest, gentle soul, a friend to all. If you knew him, you know.”
Kweller did not share more details about the circumstances surrounding his son’s death, instead choosing to focus on the short but brilliant life the aspiring musician lived.
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“We’ll never get over him as long as we’re here on earth. Please keep his spirit alive with your memories and the music he made: @reallyzev,” the proud dad shared.
“Dorian Zev wrote and recorded songs every day. A true poet from the day he started speaking. Only a few of his recordings were released but he was on a path and excited about his journey. He had so many plans!!! His first gig was in two weeks, at SXSW.”
In his post, the mourning father also recalled his last text message exchange with his son.
“My last text with him was about the merch he wanted to make,” he shared. “My baby boy was at the starting line with so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happen.”
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“We’re in complete shock and don’t know what the future holds. Lizzy, Judah, and I have no idea how to deal with this disaster. Thank you for your prayers and support and we apologize if we are slow to respond to messages. 💔”
Sheeran – who is currently on tour in Australia – counts Kweller as one of his good friends. In 2018, when the musician married his childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn in a secret ceremony, Kweller was among the few invited and also performed at their wedding ceremony. He also co-wrote Sheerans’ hit song Collide.
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