Jay Weaver, the co-founding member and bassist of contemporary Christian group Big Daddy Weave died Sunday from complications from COVID-19.
The band’s label that is based in Nashville, Curb Records, confirmed Weaver’s death in a statement on Monday morning. He was 42.
“We are devastated by this loss and trust the Lord to guide us through this difficult time,” the statement reads. “All of your thoughts, prayers, and support have been and continue to be deeply appreciated.”
According to the band’s Twitter account, Weaver entered hospital care at the end of December because of complications from the virus. In August, Weaver left the road after intensive care due to dialysis as per Big Daddy Weave.
Friends, would you please pray for Jay, his wife Emily and their children? Jay has been in the hospital for five days fighting a tough battle against Covid. Would you pray with us for complete healing for Jay and for peace for his family? We pray In Jesus name that it be so. pic.twitter.com/S728o9BqED
— bdwmusic (@bdwmusic) January 2, 2022
“I’m so sorry to bring this news but I’m so excited to celebrate where he is right now,” co-founder and band member Brother Mike Weaver shared Sunday via Facebook. “My brother Jay went to be with Jesus just a couple hours ago.”
I’m telling you that the Lord employed his servant in such a powerful way. On the roads for so many years. Anyone who has come into contact with him knows how authentic his belief was in Jesus was. I’m convinced that regardless of whether COVID might have breathed his last, Jesus was right there to save his body. I’m sure he’s seeing something that I’ve been waiting to observe. My heart is broken.”
Big Daddy Weave launched in 1998 in Mobile, Alabama. Jay Weaver lived with his family in Navarre, Florida, while most members of Big Daddy Weave call Middle Tennessee home.
The group has delivered several singles that reached No. 1 on the current Christian radio charts, such as “Every Time I Breathe,” “My Story,” “I Know,” and “Redeemed.”
The leaders in the format offered condolences for the loss of the band following the news that Mike Weaver confirmed his brother’s death.
Christian radio station K-Love posted on the social networks: “Please join us as we pray for Jay’s wife, three children, and the Weaver family.”
“We pray for comfort for his family, but we rejoice in knowing he is whole again, with his Heavenly Father,” the Dove Awards said late Sunday.
Jay Weaver is survived by his wife Emily Weaver and three children, Makenzie, Madison, and Nathan Weaver.