06/25/2012 03:39 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2012

Pete Hayes Dead: Echo Lake Drummer Dies At 25

Pete Hayes, the drummer for South London dream pop band Echo Lake, died last Thursday at 25. The band's guitarist Thom Hill posted the news on their website, with a tribute to Hayes:

I can’t believe I’m actually typing these words, we’re all completely devastated and shocked.

If you knew Pete, then you’ll know what an amazing person he was. If you didn’t know Pete then all I can say is that he was a total one off. Always caring, always giving, always straight up and always with such a positive outlook on life. That was the thing with Pete, he just got on with it. Even in his last few weeks he would be sitting up in his hospital bed smiling and having a laugh with me.

It was this outlook on life that made me perhaps take advantage of our time spent together. This situation never seemed possible because he never ever stopped being positive and joyful. He never moaned, or acted ill and was an incredibly hard worker. It’s a really rare thing to find all of these qualities in someone and he deserved more time to live his life to the full, which he always did.

While the cause of death has not been released, Hill's message hints that he was suffering from a long-term illness. According to Prefix, U.K. blog The Line of Best Fit set up a memorial site to Hayes, where they will be donating a portion of the blog's revenue to the British Heart Foundation, and where anyone can donate to the cause. Currently, 1,100 pounds have been raised, surpassing their target donation of 1,000 pounds.

Echo Lake, often compared to My Bloody Valentine, will release their sophomore album, Wild Peace, on June 26. The album premiered on HuffPost Culture last week. Go here to read our review of the album.