Frank Ocean‘s brother, Ryan Breaux, and his classmate Ezekial “Zeek” Bishop died in a car accident on Sunday, August 2. They were 18 and 20 years old, respectively.
Friends told CBS Los Angeles that they held a memorial to Breaux and Bishop on Sunday evening near the crash site in Thousand Oaks, California.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the accident happened at about 1:30 am when the car that Breaux and Bishop were in ‘appeared to be leaving the lane and colliding[d] with a tree in the middle of the median ”on Westlake Boulevard, just north of Skeleton Canyon Circle.
“Upon arrival, delegates discovered the vehicle went up in flames,” the sheriff’s office said. “The two occupants of the vehicle were declared dead on the spot by the Ventura County Fire Department.”
CBS Los Angeles reported that the car was “severely damaged” and “halved in a crash.” Authorities told the news that speed seemed to have played a part in the crash. It is unclear who drove.
Breaux and Bishop were classmates at Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, California. They graduated in 2019, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn, which reported that Bishop’s father, Diijon Bishop, was killed in a car accident in January 2015.
After the news broke out on Sunday, including family and friends Pierce Brosnan‘s son Paris Brosnan went to social media to pay their respects.
“For my brother, who was incredibly talented, had a heart of gold, had an infectious energy, a smile and a laugh that brightened everyone’s mind, and was a loyal and authentic friend to everyone he knew,” Paris, 19, caption from a slideshow of photos of Breaux via Instagram. “You were just starting out and ready to show the world who you were. You were a leader and you had an army of loyal soldiers behind you. Thank you for being there 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 for your presence on this earth. I will always carry you in my heart. Until I see you again brother. Ryan Breaux forever & Zeek Bishop forever. ‘
Breaux was one of his brother’s biggest fans and often tweeted about the Grammy winner’s music and other projects. The teen also appeared on “Futura Free”, the last track on Ocean’s critically acclaimed 2016 album, Blond.
Us weekly has contacted Ocean’s representative for comment.