Galactic took to social media over the weekend to share the news that former frontman Theryl “Houseman” DeClouet passed away.
“It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our good friend, mentor, musical collaborator and Galactic vocalist of many years Theryl ‘The Houseman’ DeClouet,” the announcement read. “This evening in New Orleans he passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and loved ones. Anyone who was ever in the presence of Houseman knows his inimitable voice, his infectious personality, and his unforgettable storytelling. He taught us so much about life, music, the music business and how to become the men we are now. We will miss him immensely and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
The 66-year-old New Orleans native, as reported by NOLA.com, left the band in 2004 but since performed with them on stages including Jazz Fest 2016. That same year, Houseman hit the stage with Galactic at Red Rocks in Colorado. Houseman was part of Galactic for its genesis and early success, appearing on the band’s first four studio albums. He released an independent solo project, The Truth Iz Out, in 2007.
Read our 2001 interview with Theryl DeClouet here.
A cause of death has not been reported. OffBeat sends its condolences to the DeClouet family, Galactic and Houseman’s fans around the world.