According to the vice-president of the radio station, McClelland , 33, was playing basketball on the upper deck of the Jacksonville-based Carnival cruise ship Fascination. He was just 33 miles from returning to the Jacksonville port when he died Sunday. McClelland was on a listener cruise.
No members of his band were with him at the time of his death. Storyside: B guitarist Preston Pohl was watching McClelland ‘s home and dog, when he got the call about his death “He’s inspired me musically and in every way in life. He wasn’t just my best friend, I could definitely consider him my brother,” said Pohl. “He just always walked around with a huge smile on his face and people just absolutely adored the ground that he walked on,” said drummer Jordan Mohilowski. First Coast News has not been informed of an official cause of death. However, in a statement to First Coast News, a Carnival spokesperson writes:
“(The ship’s physician) will not be surprised if the cause of death in this case is ultimately to be secondary to a previously undiagnosed and long-stand ing case of cardiomyopathy.” According to the website of the National Institute of Health, cardiomyopathy is a condition during which the heart becomes enlarged, thick and /or rigid.