The Denver music family is shocked, confused and saddened by the recent passing of Mike “Mikey” Herrera — a veteran Denver musician who fronted numerous bands throughout the years, including One Dying Wish, the Blackout Pact, Sleeper Horse and Tin Horn Prayer (which he and I were in together).
Mikey passed away in his sleep earlier this week. He was 33 years old.
Those of us who were close to him are left trying to make sense of this heartbreaking loss and wondering what we could have done to prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, the litany of questions circling in our minds will be left unanswered. Our only chance for healing is to share our memories of Mikey and fondly listen to the music he helped create over the years.
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Mikey’s personal battles were, unfortunately, well documented, and they were fodder for many of the songs that Tin Horn Prayer wrote. We sang of addictions and struggles — not to glamorize them, but to address them and to help ourselves and others cope with them. As someone who was close to Mikey, I was sad to see his demons get the better of him at
Since the news of his passing, countless friends and musicians with whom he shared the stage have been posting their memories on his Facebook page. Whether
In February this year, Tin Horn Prayer said goodbye to our original drummer, Camden Trendler, and played a
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Mikey, I am deeply saddened that we will never play a show together again, but I'm happy that you are at peace.
See ya on the low side of the road.
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us. — Charles Bukowski
Editor's note: You can contribute to the cost of Herrera's funeral services via Gofundme.