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Screaming Trees bassist Van Conner dead at 55

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Screaming Trees bassist Van Conner has died at age 55.

The news was announced in a Facebook post by Conner’s brother and Screaming Trees guitarist Gary Lee Conner, which was also shared by the “Nearly Lost You” rockers. According to the post, Van died Tuesday night following “an extended illness.”

“It was pneumonia that got him in the end,” Gary writes of his brother. “He was one of the closest friends I ever had and I loved him immensely. I will miss him forever and ever and ever.”

Van and Gary were founding members of Screaming Trees alongside frontman Mark Lanegan. They played on each of their albums before the band broke up in 2000.

Van’s passing follows Lanegan’s passing last February at age 57.

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