Homegrown band Nané announced via social media that the group's frontman, 29-year-old Daniel Sahad, died on Sunday night.
Sahad had been singing for Nané since he started the rock and soul band in Austin six years ago. The news comes as a shock to the Austin community, who are offering their condolences and sharing memories on social media. The cause of death has yet to be announced.
The group of five best known for its song "Always On My Mind," put down roots while studying at The University of Texas at Austin, where Sahad and guitarist Ian Green met in 2016. In time, Dayglow drummer Brady Knippa, bassist Scott McIntyre and Black Pumas keyboardist JaRon Marshall joined in.
The band most recently performed at Austin City Hall and the Tesla grand opening party on Thursday but has made several appearances at ACL Festival, South by Southwest, and NPR's Tiny Desk Contest Top Shelf. Nané was scheduled to perform at Float Fest and Karbach Love Street Music Festival in 2022.
The high-energy group headlined for Black Pumas, Sir Woman, Bob Schneider and Eric Tessmer, while releasing its debut album with Grammy-award-winning drummer John Speice IV in November 2020.
Fans of the band have taken to social media to pay their respects, saying Sahad will "live forever."
When i was backstage at the Black Fret ball in December, all the local big shots were too cool to talk to or mingle w me. But Daniel Sahad did give me a big hug and small talked with me. That was more than enough to get me in a good mood. Rest in peace. He’ll live forever.
— OMNICRON (@TheYoungMarcus) April 11, 2022
Austin Texas Musicians mourned the "incomprehensible loss."
Our community has suffered an incomprehensible loss with the passing of rising star Daniel Sahad, lead singer of Nané. pic.twitter.com/qaaLXJtLHG
— Austin Texas Musicians (@atxmusicians) April 11, 2022
Those who attended ACL 2021 remembered seeing Nané perform on the first weekend.
Very sad to learn that Daniel Sahad of @NaneTheBand has passed. Such a talented young man with a big heart. Much love to the family and the band today.
Here’s video I took of him opening the final day of @aclfestival in 2021. 💔 pic.twitter.com/WzwDvNs1ZD
— Ed Espinoza (@EdEspinoza) April 11, 2022
Austin FC fans and music lovers overlapped when it came to Sahad—La Murga mourned the news by remembering jumping onstage at the band's ACL 2021 performance.
Our hearts break for Daniel's friends and family. A rising star in the #ATX music scene who showed La Murga love and humility by inviting us perform on stage with @NaneTheBand at ACL 2021. Here's to the memories we shared and the music you shared with us.
— La Murga de Austin (@LaMurgaATX) April 11, 2022
Though the announcement has been live for less than a few hours, support is pouring in from hundreds of fans on Facebook.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.