Ga. metal band Black Tusk bassist dies after motorcycle crash

The album artwork for "Tend No Wounds" by Black Tusk

The album artwork for "Tend No Wounds" by Black Tusk  (Relapse)

The bass player for the heavy metal band Black Tusk has died after being critically injured in a weekend motorcycle crash near his home in Georgia.

The death of 32-year-old Jonathan Athon was confirmed Monday by the band's record label, Relapse Records. Label marketing director Bob Lugowe says Athon and Black Tusk recently finished recording a follow-up to the band's 2011 album "Set The Dial" and the 2013 EP "Tend No Wounds."

Savannah-Chatham County police say Athon suffered critical injuries Friday night when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle crashed into the side of an SUV. The band said in a statement that Athon died Sunday at a local hospital.

A heavy metal trio, Black Tusk formed in Savannah in 2005. The band released four albums and several EPs on independent labels.