Guitarist Jay Smith was found dead in his Canadian hotel room on Wednesday (27Mar13).

The rocker had been on tour with singer/songwriter Matt Mays, who announced the tragic news on Facebook.com.

He wrote, "Our guitar player and dear friend Jay Smith passed away this morning in Edmonton. As you can all imagine, we are completely devastated. However, in our heart of hearts we know that we need to Play on. Jay's family as well as the band know he would have wanted it that way.

"All of the proceeds from the remaining shows will be put into a trust for his two beautiful children. Jay's wit, charm, and unparalleled love of music will never be forgotten. He was our brother and he will live in our hearts and song forever."

No foul play is suspected, reports local news site CBCNews.com.

Born in Cape Breton, Smith fronted his own band, Rock Ranger, from 1998 to 2007, before joining Mays' backing band El Torpedo.

He played his final gig on Tuesday night (26Mar13) at The Starlite Room in Edmonton.