Jacob Thiele of The Faint performs in 2009
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Jacob Thiele, Former Keyboardist For The Faint, Dies at 40
Jacob Thiele, a former keyboardist for Omaha, Neb., dance-punk band The Faint, died Feb. 13. He was 40.
According to an Omaha police report, a friend found Thiele unresponsive, local paper Omaha World-Herald reports. The cause of his death is unknown.
The Faint announced the news regarding Thiele's death on social media. "We are devastated to lose our dear friend Jacob Thiele," the band said in a post shared on their official Instagram account. "He was kind, adventurous, carefree and always fun to be around. He was a true synthesizer pioneer, and The Faint would not have sounded the same without him. We were incredibly lucky to have had the time we did with him. Love you forever Jacob."
In a separate post, The Faint frontman Todd Fink remembered, "So many good times with Jacob. Overwhelming sadness now."
Thiele joined The Faint in 1998, three years after the band's official formation. He recorded and performed on several of the band's albums—Blank-Wave Arcade (1999), Danse Macabre (2001), Wet From Birth (2004), Fasciinatiion (2008) and Doom Abuse (2014)—before he departed the group in 2016.
Thiele was also a member of Depressed Buttons, a side project comprising The Faint members drummer Clark Baechle and singer/guitarist Fink.
According to Omaha World-Herald, Thiele helped popularize and solidify his city's local music scene via his work with The Faint and other projects.
"We're so incredibly sad to say goodbye to our friend Jacob Thiele," Omaha-based Saddle Creek Records, one of the band's many label homes, said in a statement provided to Omaha World-Herald. "A brilliant player and synth pioneer, his contributions to The Faint are deep and undeniable. His influence on Omaha and our greater music community will forever be felt. All of our love to those who loved him."