Former Casting Crowns drummer Andy Williams, who recently was hospitalized following a motorcycle accident, has succumbed to his injuries.
Williams' church, the Tennessee-based Grace Chapel Fairview, broke the tragic news on Facebook on Friday after periodically posting updates on the drummer's condition.
"Family and friends of Andy, early this morning, around 1:00 am, Andy Williams went to be with Jesus. He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body," the church shared.
"You prayed along with us that Andy would be healed. You prayed along with us that Andy would wake up. You prayed along with us that God would perform a miracle. While we mourn that Andy isn't here with us, and that we didn't get to witness the miracle we longed for here on earth, all of our prayers were answered," the post continued. "He is healed, he is awake and we believe that he is more alive today than he has ever been."
The post added that the church will be holding fast to the apostle Paul's words that Christians are not to look "to the things that are seen, but to those things that are unseen, for they are eternal."
"We celebrate that Andy is in the arms of his Savior and we are grateful for the memories and laughter that Andy brought to all who knew him," the post said. "We can't thank you enough for your prayers, support, and unending love. You have walked with us through this very difficult journey, and we felt you there the entire way."
In closing, the church thanked everyone for their support and asked the Williams family – Kelly, Aden, Asher, Mary Catherine – be afforded space to grieve privately and "some much-needed rest."
Casting Crowns singer Mark Hall relayed the same message on his Instagram account.
Williams, 49, drummed for Casting Crowns from 2001-2009.
A GoFundMe account titled "Andy's Army" was set up for Williams' wife, Kelly. So far, over $75,000 has been raised of its $250,000 goal.
Photo courtesy: ©Casting Crowns Facebook
Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.