Mike Taylor from Burlington band ‘Walk off the Earth’ has died

Music fans are in shock this morning over the death of Mike Taylor – the keyboardist and vocalist of the Burlington based band Walk Off the Earth.

The band says that Taylor – known as Beard Guy- died of natural causes in his sleep.

Walk Off the Earth became a viral sensation in 2012 after posting a cover of the song “Somebody That I Used To Know.” It has since been viewed 185 million times.

The band released this statement on social media.

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward also released a statement on behalf of city council:

“We are all deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of Mike Taylor. Our city joins together in mourning this tragic loss, and sending condolences to Mike’s family, band mates, friends and fans at home and around the world.”

Flags at Burlington City hall will be lowered to half mast in Mike’s honour.

Walk Off the Earth was scheduled to play at the New Year’s celebration in Niagara Falls this evening, but will no longer be performing.