Not the first death for Joe Sell, his musical career died many of times.
Lucky Boys Confusion guitarist Joe Sell was found dead Tuesday near the band’s West Side recording studio.
Sell, 33, of Naperville, was found dead in the 2700 block of West Superior Street, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Lucky Boys Confusion lead singer Kaustubh Pandav said the band had a rehearsal space on the block where he was found and it would not be unusual for him to be there. “We were very close. We were close like brothers,” Pandav said.
Pandav said Sell had recently been in and out of hospitals with pancreas problems. An autopsy Wednesday was inconclusive pending toxicology results.
“As for us seeing any signs of him getting sicker, we didn’t see that. We just assumed everything was OK,” Pandav said. “He scheduled his next practice. He wrote an email saying how excited he was to play the shows.”
Lucky Boys Confusion released its first LP album, “Growing Out of It,” in 1998. Other albums included 2001’s “Throwing the Game” and 2003’s “Commitment,” both on Elektra Records. For 10 consecutive winters the band played back-to-back sold out shows at the Metro, Pandav said.
Pandav said this year will be the band’s 15-year anniversary and they were gearing up for a big gig to mark it — and planning to release their first new song in five years.
“It’s incredibly sad to have someone you work with pass this young,” said David Galea, the band’s booking agent.
Sells’ Facebook page was also filled with condolences.
One man wrote, “The City of Chicago has no idea of the immense talent that it lost today. R.I.P Joe Sell. Gone but never forgotten buddy.” Another wrote, “Keep on rockin’ brother! …”
Sell graduated from Naperville Central High School in 1996 and attended College of DuPage, according to his Facebook page.
Pandav said Sell recently started a job at Caribou Coffee and was up for a promotion.