Earlier this week, we reported on the tragic passing of Kittie bassist Trish Doan. The band, stricken with grief, were admittedly at a bit of a loss for words as they described the pain of the loss, extending kind words and warm memories about their bandmate. As the news has had time to sink in, frontwoman Morgan Lander has penned a lengthy statement, expressing her feelings and reflecting on her relationship with Doan.

Lander posted the statement on her Instagram page (seen below) along with a picture of her and Doan standing together. "I have been struggling with the right words and having trouble processing the loss of someone who I counted among my best friends," she began.

"Thank you to everyone for reaching out, your kind words, stories and photos," Lander continued. "She was truly loved by more people than she could ever know. From the moment I met Trish there was an instant bond between us that I could never really explain. Perhaps we saw within each other many of the things that were reflected within ourselves; qualities that made us intrinsically who we are, and we clung to that dearly."

The Kittie singer / guitarist went on to explain how Doan regarded her as a role model and they looked to each other for support. "I loved her like a sister," said Lander, adding, "and she was a part of my family, now forever changed. She with her boundless energy, 10,000 ideas and a fiery, vibrant light that could never be extinguished, even now. I love you Trish and I miss you."

No other details have emerged about the death of the 31-year-old bassist. Doan's first stint in Kittie ran from 2005 to 2007 and it would be another five years before she made her return in 2012. Her lone studio contribution came on 2007's Funeral For a Yesterday.

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