Kyle Pavone Struggled with Heroin Use Before Apparent Overdose, Girlfriend Tells Police

The We Came As Romans lead singer Kyle Pavone died of an apparent overdose on August 25. Toxicology reports are pending.

Pavone struggled with a heroin problem, his girlfriend Allie Ciotti told police, according to TMZ. She found him unconscious in his bathroom and called 911. She was instructed to perform CPR. When paramedics arrived, Pavone had a pulse and was given Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. He was taken to a hospital and later died of cardiac arrest.

It is unclear if the used syringe, found on Pavone's bathroom sink, contained heroin.

Pavone was 28 years old at the time of his death. Fellow band members revealed the tragic news in a lengthy and loving statement released on their social media accounts.

"Today music lost another great with the passing of Kyle Pavone of We Came as Romans," the statement read. "Kyle's tragic loss came too early in his life and those of his bandmates. All are devastated by his passing. We will miss his smiles, his sincerity, his concern for others and his impressive musical talent. In lieu of flowers, we will be providing information regarding charity donations this coming week. The family and the band wish to thank their fans and the music community for all of their love and support as they navigate their grief."

The statement closed with a lyric: "Will I Be Remembered or Will I Be Lost in Loving Eyes." The lyric is from a song on the band's October 2017 album Cold Like War. It was one of the last tweets Pavone posted before his death.

Fans and friends of Pavone expressed their grief on Twitter shortly after the statement was released.

"After finding out the horrible news about Kyle Pavone, I think it's only right to listen to We Came As Romans all day. That band was my favorite band in one of the hardest times of my life and I honestly can't believe what's happened and I'm speechless tbh so I'll end it here," tweeted a longtime fan.

Pavone's family set up a charity in Pavone's name just days after his death. The charity, the Kyle Pavone Foundation, was launched on August 30. The foundation's missions statement states they aim to "serve and advocate for the musician community in their time of greatest need, providing hope and a means to carry on."

The funding will target musicians struggling with addiction and "disconnection."

We Came As Romans will perform without Pavone on September 16 in celebration of his life in Des Moines, Iowa.