May 29, 2019

RIP Athens Musician Jeff Walls


Remembrances poured in on social media Wednesday as friends and fans learned about the death of Jeff Walls, a longtime Athens musician known for playing in The Woggles and Guadalcanal Diary, among other well-loved bands.

Earlier this month, we reported that Walls had been hospitalized with pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, an exceedingly rare and life-threatening condition for which the only potential cure is a double lung transplant.

Walls' Guadalcanal Diary bandmate Murray Attaway had set up a GoFundMe campaign to assist the musician and his family with medical bills as he awaited the procedure. 

Wednesday afternoon, Attaway posted the news of Walls' death, writing, "Today at 4:16 pm, surrounded by family, Jeff Walls left us. I have no other words."

Wuxtry Records, where Walls once worked, posted a tribute on its Facebook page Wednesday evening, as did the 40 Watt Club. Many others weighed in with condolences, including R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills.

A benefit show that had previously been scheduled for Friday, June 7 at The Foundry will reportedly proceed as planned, with proceeds helping to alleviate Walls' family's financial burden.

Flagpole's thoughts are with Walls' friends and family.