Singer Ben Queller’s son, Dorian, has died at the age of 16 after a car accident


February 28, 2023 | 7:56 p.m

Ben Koehler announced on social media that his 16-year-old son, Dorian Zeff, died in a car accident.Instagram / @benkweller

The singer-songwriter’s 16-year-old son died Monday in a car accident.

The 41-year-old musician – who has toured with the likes of Ed Sheehan – confirmed the tragic news on Facebook Share on Instagram Share tuesday.

“There is no way I can write this but… our son Dorian killed Zev Cuyler last night. He was only 16 and he was a true legend. The kindest, kindest soul, friend of all,” Cuyler wrote.

“If you know it, you know. We will never get over it as long as we are here on Earth.” “Please keep his spirit alive with your memories and the music he made.”

The “Lost and Ready” singer — who shared Dorian with wife Liz Smith Quiller — went on to say how proud he is of his son for following in his footsteps.

“We will never get over it as long as we are here on earth,” the musician wrote.
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Ben was proud of Dorian for following in his footsteps as a recording artist.
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Dorian Ziff wrote and recorded songs every day. A true poet from the day he started talking,” Ben continued. “Only a few of his recordings were released but he was on his way and excited about his journey.”

He added that Dorian’s “first big gig” was coming in a few weeks at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas.

“My last text with him was about the merchandise we wanted to offer,” Ben said. “My kid was on the starting line and he had so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happen.”

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“My kid was on the starting line with so much life ahead of him… I have no idea why things like this happened,” wrote a grieving Cuyler.
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The teen singer-songwriter is engaged to his wife, Liz Smith Queller.
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The grieving father concluded his message by telling followers that his family is in “complete shock” and unsure how to handle “this catastrophe”.

Penn also thanked fans, friends and loved ones for their “prayers and support” amid the devastation.

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