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Former drummer of popular Christian band Casting Crowns dies after motorbike crash while on his way to church

by Kelly Valencia

Andy Williams, the former drummer of popular Christian band Casting Crowns, has passed away from injuries he sustained in a crash he had while on his way to church. 

His church, family and friends had been asking for prayers as the 49-year-old was fighting for his life in hospital since 27th June. Only last week, his family announced Williams had undergone an operation to have his leg amputated. 

In a Facebook post, his home church, Grace Chapel Fairview, announced his passing.  

"Early this morning, around 1:00am, Andy Williams went to be with Jesus. He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body," the statement read. 

"You prayed along with us that Andy would be healed. You prayed along with us that Andy would wake up. You prayed along with us that God would perform a miracle. While we mourn that Andy isn't here with us, and that we didn't get to witness the miracle we longed for here on earth, all of our prayers were answered. He is healed, he is awake and we believe that he is more alive today than he has ever been." 

"We hold fast to Paul's words that we look not to the things that are seen, but to those things that are unseen, for they are eternal.  We celebrate that Andy is in the arms of his Savior and we are grateful for the memories and laughter that Andy brought to all who knew him.

"We can't thank you enough for your prayers, support, and unending love. You have walked with us through this very difficult journey and we felt you there the entire way," the statement continued. 

The Casting Crowns lead singer, Mark Hall, also published the statement and has shared a three-minute performance clip of Williams in a concert. He captioned it "We love you Andy. We miss you already." 

Last month, Grace Chapel started a GoFundMe campaign to help Williams' family with the medical bills and have raised more than $75,000 so far.

Williams leaves a wife and three children. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet. 

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