The 16-year-old son of singer Ben Kweller dies in a car crash

The 16-year-old son of singer Ben Kweller dies in a car crash

Updated on September 05, 2023 16:18 PM by Andrew Koschiev

Several posts on social media announced the death of the older of Ben Kweller's two sons, also musicians. The boy was 16 years old. The news came last night that our 16-year-old son, Dorian Zev Kweller, had been killed. In an Instagram post-Tuesday, the "Wasted & Ready" singer-songwriter wrote, "we will never forget him as long as we're here on earth." 

An Austin-based musician who recorded music under the name Zev and has a handful of Spotify songs confirmed his death on Tuesday. He has toured with Ed Sheeran, Ben Folds, and Death Cab for Cutie, among others. The musicians Kweller and Lee toured Australia years ago with Ben Folds, calling themselves "The Bens." They wrote, "Oh my god Ben Lizzy I can't believe this here for you in any way you need."

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Ben, no words can express how much this hurts. Can't fathom this. Pete Yorn, a musician, wrote on Facebook to send his condolences to you and your family. Lily Aldridge commented on Facebook, saying, "I'm truly sorry. This is heartbreaking beyond words. Keeping you all in my prayers and thoughts.". He had so many plans!!" His father wrote, "Dorian Zev wrote songs every day from the day he started speaking. 

He was a true poet who worked hard to release some recordings. Ben Kweller's wife and Dorian's mom, Liz Kweller, shared details about the accident on social media. The teen was killed when a tree branch struck the car's windshield while swerving to avoid a truck in their lane. In the future, I will never be able to move on from this. I'm in shock. It doesn't seem real, but Dorian was instantly lost last night," she wrote.

His life was beginning as a baby boy

My baby boy is completely lost, and I want him back. Positive energy would be greatly appreciated. Over a decade ago, a New Mexico cabin almost killed the entire family due to carbon monoxide poisoning. The performer told Nashville Noise in 2019 that after the incident, "I had given up on playing music because I didn't want to leave my family, and it was the hardest time of my life.". Almost dying changes everything and helps you see everything in a different light. 

Thanks to writing songs, I got through some dark places. In two weeks, Dorian Zev will play his first gig at SXSW, Ben Kweller revealed Tuesday. He requested that I make merchandise in my last text. My baby boy was at the beginning of his life, with so many opportunities before him. It feels like we are in shock and have no idea what to do in the future. We don't know what to do and have no idea how to respond to this tragedy.

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