Nearly two weeks after he was taken off life support, producer Jerry Finn, who had worked with the likes of Blink-182, Morrissey, AFI, Rancid and Green Day, died last week at the age of 39, about a month after suffering a massive brain hemorrhage. According to Billboard, Finn passed away on August 21.
Finn got his start in the business as an engineer during the early 1990s and eventually made the transition to producer, helming records by Pennywise, Jawbreaker, Madness, Alkaline Trio and Sum 41. He produced Rancid’s 1995 LP …And Out Come the Wolves, Blink-182’s 1999 offering Enema of the State and 2000’s The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show (The Enema Strikes Back!), and AFI’s 2003 breakthrough Sing the Sorrow and its follow-up, 2006’s Decemberunderground. Most recently, Finn produced ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey’s upcoming Years of Refusal, which is slated for a February release.
Billboard reports that a family friend claims a scholarship fund is in the works, as well as a memorial for friends and family.
Last week, former Blink-182 member Mark Hoppus spoke out about Finn’s death on his blog.
“One of my best friends passed away,” he wrote. “Jerry Finn was one of the most talented, funniest, coolest, smartest and honest people I’ve ever known. He was true in every sense of the word. True in his love of music, true in his friendships; Jerry loved life. He was happiest when quietly making music he loved, and loudly making fun of everything he didn’t. When I think of times spent with Jerry, all I can think of is us laughing. … He’s just one of those guys with the quickest wit in the room. He also knows more about music than anyone. … I feel blessed to have worked with and learned so much from him. But most of all, I am honored to call him my dear friend. Jerry, I miss you already.”