A member of Pentatonix makes a heartbreaking announcement about his future in the group Facebook/Pentatonix

Pentatonix have long used Fridays to release some of their dynamic a cappella covers. But on the morning of May 12, the group came to their fans for a much more sad reason.

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“If you haven’t yet watched the video then these words might come as a shock to you,” read a statement above a video from the group, announcing member Avi Kaplan’s departure from the band. “This morning, I announced that I will be taking a step back from PTX. I’ve struggled with this decision a lot. It has been the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life.”

A member of the band since its inception, Avi goes on to share with fans the many reasons that led to his decision.

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“I do love you all so very much, but I’ve come to a point where I just can’t keep up anymore and I would never want to inhibit any type of success that we have because I truly do believe in everything that we’ve done and everything that they will do. I just know that I can no longer continue at this pace and so I have to do what’s best for the group, and I have to do what’s best for me,” he explained.

We wish you all the best Avi, no matter what your future holds!

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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