Tom Leighton, the singer and guitarist with Wolf Jaw, has sadly passed away. Close friends and bandmates Dale and Karl have created a funding page so that the Heavy Metal community can help support Tom’s wife Heather and their two young children, Milo and Bodhi, during this difficult time.
A statement on the 10 October from the band read, “It is with the heaviest of hearts we are writing this post to you, this is a post that we never ever thought we would have to write.
“The man who was the heart and soul of Wolf Jaw, our brother and friend has been called up for the great gig in the sky!!
“We will miss you brother!!”
Wolf Jaw also shared a statement from Tom’s wife Heather, which reads:
“As many of you may know, Tom was talented, humble to the core, thoughtful and an all round rad guy. To me though, he was my best friend, my soulmate, the father of my children and my husband. He was everything and more to me, Milo and Bodhi. I have no idea what life will look like now, without him and I’m currently struggling to even comprehend it. Thank you for all your kind messages, love sent and thoughts.
“I love you forever Tom, my king Mingo 🦩🖤””
Wolf Jaw added: “We would ask you to leave messages of the good times on this thread [see below] and please respect the privacy of his family and band mates at this time.
“Thank you for you love and support xx”
Close friends and bandmates Dale and Karl have shared a statement seeking help to keep their promise to Tom by taking care of his wife Heather and two children Milo and Bodhi. “We are writing to you as Dale and Karl. On Sunday 10th October 2021, we received the news that our friend, and bandmate, Tom Leighton had passed away. Tom is known to many of you as the frontman of Wolf Jaw, an incredible, talented musician and an all-round good guy.
“The outpouring of love we, and Tom’s family, have received since the announcement of his passing has been overwhelming and is a true testament to the impact Tom had on the lives of many people.
“Whilst many of you knew Tom from Wolf Jaw, we are writing to you as close friends of his with an ask from the heart, and within Tom’s nature, naturally many of you became friends of his too.
“As many of you will know, Tom recently married his partner of five years, Heather. Together they share children, Milo and Bodhi, and as we believe Tom would have wanted, we have made a pledge to him to look after Heather, Milo and Bodhi, and continue to be the family we consider ourselves to be. Understandably, the loss of Tom was completely unexpected and the shock of what has happened is something that will take a long time to process.
“We are setting up this Just Giving Page with an ask to support Heather, Milo and Bodhi financially to allow them the stability, space and time to grieve, and to ensure Tom’s children and wife can be supported in rebuilding their futures as he would have wanted.
“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love, support and memories shared, and we hope you will join us in ensuring that the legacy of Tom Leighton lives on.”
The Wolf Jaw Just Giving page is justgiving.com/crowdfunding/wolf-jaw
Wolf Jaw were due to hit the road with Phil Campbell And The Bastard Sons next month.
MetalTalk sends their deepest sympathies to Tom’s family and friends.
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