The cause of death has not yet been made public. No cause of death was given for the younger Howe, who was scheduled to kick off an 14-date United Kingdom tour with Little Barrie this Wednesday (Sept. 13) in support of their most recent album, Death Express.
As a result, Yes have announced that they will be cancelling the remainder of their Yestival tour dates.
The London-born musician and DJ was the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who confirmed the news of his death on the band’s Facebook page.
The remaining dates on Yes’ Yestival Tour with Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy have been scrapped following the unexpected death of guitarist Steve Howe’s younger son, Virgil.
He also performed on the band’s title theme to the Netflix show Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spin-off.
The band issued a statement on September 11 regarding the passing and cancellations, saying that they “want to thank all their fans for their support and understanding at this time”, while adding, “Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this hard time”.
Tickets for the 14-date tour will be refunded from their point of purchase. “Steve Howe and family ask for their privacy to be respected during this hard time”.
“We can confirm that Little Barrie’s drummer Virgil Howe, acclaimed drumming son of rock figurehead Steve Howe, sadly passed away last night at the age of 41″. Our thoughts are with his daughter, family and partner. The family trio teamed up again 10 years later for the album Elements, credited to Steve Howe’s Remedy.
Eddy Temple-Morris, a British DJ, wrote on Twitter: “A handsome and brilliant man”.
Steve Mason wrote: “A lovely man and colossal drummer”.
DJ Eddy Temple Morris wrote: “A handsome and brilliant man. My heart goes out to all friends and family”.