Community mourns talented musician who died in van accident

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CLEVELAND- The local music community is in shock.

Local musicians are stunned by the death of Scott Gast, 30, of Fairview Park, who died when his van flipped on Interstate 90 in Avon early Sunday morning.

"We’ve been booking them for about a decade now. We used to book them in a venue in Lakewood," said Jason Salupo, owner of West Park Station in Cleveland.

Gast was lead singer of the local rock band CoCo BeanO.

"Scott just loved what he did.  He was such a talented musician.  I think cover bands get a bad rap sometimes, but he wasn’t just someone who could sing the songs but he would make them his own," said Salupo.

Gast died after the van he was driving rolled on I-90 eastbound near Nagel Road around 2:30 Sunday morning.

The crash also caused several pieces of musical equipment to spill onto the side of the road.

The crash remains under investigation by Avon police.

"In both the bar-restaurant and the music business, it’s very few and far between that you hear of the people who no one has ever said a bad word to say about him.  Scott was one of those guys.  He was a good guy and it was an honor to have him on our stage," said Salupo.

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