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Photo: Dorian Zev Kweller | By Gina Vivinetto, Today / Yahoo | Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller has announced the death of his 16-year-old son, Dorian Zev Kweller, from [an auto accident] on February 27. The heartbroken musician shared the news Feb. 28 on Instagram. “There’s no way that I can be typing this but I am … Our son, Dorian Zev Kweller, was killed last night,” Ben Kweller wrote alongside a photo of his son. “He was only 16 and he was a true legend. Kindest, gentle soul, a friend to all. If you knew him, you know. 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.”

Kweller, who has toured with Grammy winner Ed Sheeran, went on to say his that his late son wrote and recorded original music every day under the moniker Zev.

“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!!!” wrote the grieving father.

Kweller added that his son’s first music gig was scheduled for two weeks from now at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin, Texas. “My baby boy was at the starting line with so much life ahead of him…
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Singer Ben Kweller’s son, rising musician Dorian Zev Kweller, dies in car crash at 16

By Jessica Wang, EW

Singer-songwriter Ben Kweller shared that his teenage son, Dorian Zev Kweller, died Monday at the age of 16.

Kweller’s wife, Liz Smith Kweller, confirmed it was by car accident on social media. The musician shared a statement Tuesday on Instagram that remembered his “true legend” son, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an aspiring musician.
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Dorian is survived by his parents and younger brother, Judah. He created music under the name Zev and has released the singles “SH3,” “How I Am,” “4th of July,” and “Parachute,” among others. Kweller, who was previously part of the rock supergroup the Bens and post-grunge band Radish, has released six solo albums and collaborated with the likes of Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran.

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March 2023
1: Neela Ramgopal, 87, Indian Carnatic vocalist; Irma Serrano, 89, Mexican actress (Las amantes del señor de la noche, Tiburoneros, El monasterio de los buitres) and singer, heart attack.

February 2023
27: Hans-Joachim Behrendt, 68, German drummer (Ideal); Dorian Zev Kweller, 16, musician, songwriter, accident; Ismaïla Touré, 73, Senegalese musician (Touré Kunda).

25: Walter Ferguson, 103, Panamanian-born Costa Rican calypso singer-songwriter; Sir David Lumsden, 94, British musician and choirmaster.

23: Slim Borgudd, 76, Swedish racing driver and drummer (Lea Riders Group); Junnosuke Kuroda, 34, Japanese rock musician (Sumika).

22: Germano Mathias, 88, Brazilian samba singer; Tohru Okada, 73, Japanese musician and music producer, creator of PlayStation 1 startup theme, heart failure.

Photo: Dorian Zev Kweller

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