Van Conner Dies From Pneumonia, Screaming Trees Bassist and C-Founder

Van Conner, the bassist who along with his brother Gary Lee and singer Mark Lanegan co-founded the well-known hard-rock band Screaming Trees, has passed away.

Gary Lee posted on Facebook that:

Van Conner, the Screaming Trees’ bassist, and composer passed away last night at the age of 55 after a protracted illness. “In the end, pneumonia was what killed him. I adored him so much and he was one of my best friends ever. I will miss him always and forever.

The neo-psychedelic compositions and gravelly vocals of his older brother Lanegan were built upon Van’s cheerful, subtle guitar.

His skipping rhythms made “Nearly Lost You” and the jangly “Bed of Roses,” two of Screaming Trees’ defining songs, as well as the brothers’ powerful stage presence, which they surrounded Lanegan in.

This was also shared on Facebook by Taryn Daly


Incredibly sad to learn of Van Conner’s passing. I had a blast getting to know him these past few years. He was always so kind to me, and we could talk for hours about music and life. The last time we were together, he and Brad were jamming with friends at our place and I’ll treasure that vibe always. Sending love to his family, his friends, and all the Trees fans. RIP.


Our heartfelt condolences go out to the deceased’s family and friends, who have been struggling with the loss of such an intelligent and compassionate individual.

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