Local musician John Spalding passed away in his home yesterday after a long battle with lung cancer. Spalding played in 90 Lb. Wuss, Raft of Dead Monkeys, Suffering and the Hideous Thieves, and more recently he had started a project called LoveLand, in which he collaborated with many of his musician friends including Andrea Zollo of Pretty Girls Make Graves, many members of Minus the Bear, Ben Verrelen of Helms Alee, Matt Bayles, Joel Coupling, and others. There are plans to officially release his album, The Beautiful Truth, in the future, and for now you can hear some of his music via MySpace.

Friends of Spalding's have set up a fund at Bank of America. Just stop by any BoA to contribute, tell them you'd like to give to the John D. Spalding Medical Fund. All proceeds will go to his wife Jody.