Ryan Breaux, the 18-year-old brother of Frank Ocean, has passed away following a car crash.
Per a press release from the Ventura County’s Sheriff’s Office, two male adults died early Sunday following a single-vehicle traffic collision on Westlake Boulevard just north of Skelton Canyon Circle in Thousand Oaks, California.
The Acorn identified the victims as Breaux and his former classmate Ezekial “Zeek” Bishop, 20, and reports that the Tesla they were in veered off Westlake Boulevard and crashed into a tree.
After responding to the incident at around 1:33 a.m., authorities say they arrived at the scene and found the car engulfed in flames. The release says that the two occupants of the vehicle were pronounced dead at the location by the Ventura County Fire Department.
CBS Los Angeles reports that the vehicle “was severely damaged” and “cut in half on impact.”
While police say it is unclear who was behind the wheel or what caused the crash, speed is believed to have been a factor.
“The speed limit is north of 45 mph,” Deputy Wendell Campbell told KTLA on Sunday. “It’s a nice big stretch of road, so sometimes people do pick up speed.”
According to CBS Los Angeles, a memorial was held on Sunday night near the site of the crash.
The Acorn says both Breaux and Bishop graduated from Oaks Christian High School in 2019.
Breaux, who had often tweeted about his older brother’s music and projects, appeared on “Futura Free,” the final track off of Ocean’s 2016 album, “Blonde.” (Ocean’s real name is Christopher Breaux.)
The Acorn says that Bishop had excelled in track and field and football, and lost his father, Dijon Bishop, to a January 2015 car crash.
“I did it for my dad. I played my heart out,” Bishop told The Acorn in 2017 after a successful football game. “That’s exactly what he would have wanted me to do.”
On Sunday, Pierce Brosnan’s son Paris Brosnan, 19, paid his respects to Breaux by sharing photos of them, as well as messages.
“To my brother, who was talented beyond belief, possessed a heart of gold, had an energy that was infectious, a smile & laugh that lifted everyone’s spirit, and was a loyal and authentic friend to anyone he knew,” Paris wrote, adding, “Ryan Breaux forever & Zeek Bishop forever.”
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To my brother, who was talented beyond belief, possessed a heart of gold, had an energy that was infectious, a smile & laugh that lifted everyone’s spirit, and was a loyal and authentic friend to anyone he knew. You were just getting started and ready to show the world who you were. You were a leader and you had a whole army of loyal soldiers behind you. Thank you for being there for me when I needed you most, thank you for all the wild nights, thank you for your music and all the late night studio sessions with Fray, thank you for blessing us ALL with your presence on this earth. I will carry you in my heart always. Until I see you again brother. Ryan Breaux forever & Zeek Bishop forever.
Authorities say the crash is still under investigation, and that they are waiting for the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office to notify the next of kin before officially releasing the identity of the crash victims.