Struggling to fight back tears, Mike said, “I believe that even though COVID may have taken his last breath, Jesus was right there to catch him. I know that he’s seeing things now that I long to see. My heart’s broke. My heart’s broke for my family here [in Nashville and] Jay’s family in Florida. We all just really wanted to thank you for walking with us through so much for so long. The prayers for healing can turn into prayers for thanksgiving now that Jay is in God’s presence.”
“We’ll all deal with the heartache as it comes,” Mike concluded. “There’s that broken part of being in this broken place until the day we’re going to step through and we’re going to see what Jay’s seeing. I know there was a great reunion with a lot of folks today. I believe that. I trust in the Lord, and I know His love for us and we sense His love and we have sensed your love as well and we just want to say thank you for praying and thanks for walking with us through this crazy, crazy time.”
Jay is survived by his wife and three children.
Russ Weaver, Jay and Mike’s father, died in 2017 on Christmas day after a losing the battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Earlier this year, their mother Pat passed away from cancer.
Others Share Their Condolences
Mike’s Instagram message to Big Daddy Weave’s fans has been viewed over 63,000 times and has garnered almost 1,800 comments. Many of those comments have come from fellow CCM artists expressing their condolences.
American Idol alum and Dove Award winner, Danny Gokey, wrote, “My heart breaks for you and his family 😢. Even though we know they’re in heaven it’s still difficult at times to live here without them. Prayers to you and your whole family. Love you all. Mourning with his fam and rejoicing that he’s in the arms of Jesus!”
Christian music icon and Grammy Awarding winning artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, told Mike, “I’m sorry for your loss dear brother! We all got a little better picture of Jesus because Jay was in this world…Will continue to lift up your family and Jay’s sweet family. Love you my friend!”
K-Love, a popular U.S. Christian radio station from which Big Daddy Weave has received multiple awards, posted, “We are so saddened by this news. Praying for peace and comfort during this time. We love you guys!”
Natalie Grant, who won the Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year five times, wrote, “Love you all and praying for the peace and comfort that only Jesus can bring.”
Christian recording artist known for his worship songs, Phil Wickham, said, “Love you guys! Prayers for you all and your families.”