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 March 2, 2023

Singer Ben Kweller announces death of teen son in horrific car accident

Fans of popular singer-songwriter Bwen Keller were understandably stunned and upset after he shared horrific news regarding his teenage son. 

According to the Daily Caller, Keller, who recently toured with Ed Sheerhan, confirmed on social media that he lost his 16-year-old boy, Dorian, over the weekend.

The boy's mother confirmed that Dorian had passed as a result of a horrific car accident.

"There’s no way that I can be typing this but I am…. Our son, Dorian Zev Kweller, was killed last night. He was only 16 and he was a true legend. Kindest, gentle soul, a friend to all. If you knew him, you know," Keller posted to his Instagram account Tuesday.

Keller added: "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."

The grief-stricken father went on to talk about the last text exchange he had with Dorian, and described the bright future that his son was already facing in the music world.

"Dorian Zev wrote and recorded songs every day. 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!!! His first gig was in two weeks, at SXSW," Keller wrote.

He added: "My last text with him was about the merch he wanted to make. My baby boy was at the starting line with so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happen. We’re in complete shock and don’t know what the future holds. Lizzy, Judah, and I have no idea how to deal with this disaster. Thank you for your prayers and support and we apologize if we are slow to respond to messages."

TMZ noted:

The exact circumstances of the crash have yet to be released -- but his mother, Liz, confirmed he'd died in a wreck. Dorian is survived by his parents and younger sibling.

A man who identified as Kweller's friend tweeted, "my friend ben lost his 16 year old son last night in a car crash in TX. their father / son bond was and is incredible, just a thing to behold. making music, hanging out like peers, filling each other's spirits. i can't imagine the hurt. i try to focus on the 16 amazing years."

The teen had released music under the name "Zev."

Clearly, this tragedy hit hard and unexpectedly, and the wounds from such a loss will never fully heal.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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