AceShowbiz - Former Casting Crowns drummer Andy Williams has passed away after getting into a motorcycle accident. His former bandmate Mark Hall confirmed the sad news on Instagram, saying that the 49-year-old fought a great fight, but eventually succumbed to his injuries after being hospitalized since late last month.
"Early this morning, around 1:00am, Andy Williams went to be with Jesus," Mark posted on Friday, July 9 along with several pictures of Andy. "He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body. You prayed along with us that Andy would be healed. You prayed along with us that Andy would wake up. You prayed along with us that God would perform a miracle."
The grieving friend continued, "While we mourn that Andy isn't here with us, and that we didn't get to witness the miracle we longed for here on earth, all of our prayers were answered. He is healed, he is awake and we believe that he is more alive today than he has ever been. We hold fast to Paul's words that we look not to the things that are seen, but to those things that are unseen, for they are eternal. We celebrate that Andy is in the arms of his Savior and we are grateful for the memories and laughter that Andy brought to all who knew him."
He went on thanking those who have sent their prayers for Andy, "We can't thank you enough for your prayers, support, and unending love. You have walked with us through this very difficult journey and we felt you there the entire way."
"We love you so much and we thank you for the support. At this time the family has requested that you respect their time together and allow them to receive some much needed rest. Please hold off on reaching out with texts and phone calls for a few days," Mark concluded the post, which was signed by Andy's beloved ones and reposted on the band's official Instagram page.
Mark paid tribute to Andy in a separate post featuring a video of the late drummer while performing onstage. He wrote along with it, "We love you Andy. We miss you already."
Andy was struck by a vehicle while on his way to church on June 27. He was "resuscitated at the scene" and rushed to Vanderbilt Emergency Department in Nashville, Tennessee. "Our friend & former drummer, Andy Williams, was in a motorcycle accident this morning and really need your prayers!" the Casting Crowns shared the news on Facebook at the time.
As he remained hospitalized, Andy had his leg amputated above the knee earlier this month and incurred extensive injuries to his brain and body. "Andy had a surgical procedure this morning to find the culprit of his continued fevers," read an update from the Grace Chapel Church. "The procedure was a success and doctors removed bacteria from his lungs."
Andy is survived by his wife and children. He joined the contemporary Christian rock band Casting Crowns in 2001 before leaving the group in 2009.