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Sad news to pass along on this Sunday (February 3) as Tim Landers, known for his efforts with Boston-based rock band Transit, has died. The news was relayed this morning on social media by Landers’ “best friend and soulmate”, Nicole Theiss, and confirmed by the band on Twitter.
“He had a positive outlook on life, and was supportive of everyone around him, always seeing the best in everyone,” Theiss wrote on Facebook. “He was just such a GOOD person.”
In addition to being a co-founding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter of Transit, the Stoneham-born rock band who would sign to Run For Cover and Rise Records and release five albums and four EPs between 2007 and 2014, Landers was also known for bands/projects such as Misser, Off & On, and most recently, Cold Collective.
No cause of death has been made public, but Theiss made clear Landers had struggled with mental health and addiction over the past few years.
“I found out some time into our relationship he suffered from some mental health issues and addiction,” she wrote. “He fought the fight, he went to war last year, did all the things you’re supposed to do to get help and back on your feet. He was coming on to almost 9 months sober and unfortunately this terrible sickness won with one slip.”
A band credited with helping spark the recent emo resurgence, Transit experienced some commercial success before splitting in 2016. They toured constantly, appeared on Warped Tour in 2012, and charted on Billboard with their 2011 album Listen & Forgive and 2013’s Young New England. Landers left Transit in 2014 to pursue other musical interests.
“I will never be as eloquent with my words as he was,” Theiss continued. “But Tim, you were an amazing partner, musician, brother, and son. You worked harder than anyone I’ll ever know. You deserved such a full life of love, happiness and success more than anyone. I hope your mind is finally at peace. You deserved the world. I love you more than you’ll ever know. Always and forever. To the moon and back.”