Cosmic Bug Loaf Bassist Chris Bauman Killed in Accident

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Houston's music scene lost a unique voice over the Independence Day weekend. Chris Bauman, bassist, keyboardist and sound engineer for Cosmic Bug Loaf, was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed outside of San Marcos. He was 26.

Bauman came to the Houston area from Des Moines, Iowa, living in The Woodlands and graduating from high school in 2006. In 2011, he became the final piece of the puzzle that solidified Cosmic Bug Loaf's lineup, joining founding members John Alton and Chad Liebold to create a truly unique psychedelic sound experience that remained one-of-a-kind throughout the band's career.

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"My dear friend, this is not the end, our love for you will never die within," said Alton via his Facebook. "I know in my heart our paths will cross again, but until then, our love for you remains within, my dearest friend."

Liebold simply said, "I love you Chris Bauman."

The above video shows the final live jam between Bauman and Alton, an acoustic run-through of "White Lightning" recorded in June. The future of Cosmic Bug Loaf is unknown at this time, but in the time that he was with the band it's undeniable that Bauman brought something very special to the Houston music scene.

The Bauman family will welcome mourners and friends at Forest Park The Woodlands Funeral Home between 3 and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a service to follow. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas.

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