Bobby Bible, a 52-year-old father-of-two, sustained fatal injuries after his car reportedly collided with a horse on the N25 Cork to Waterford Road at Ballyduff East in Kilmeaden about 1.50am.
He was a keyboard player with bands such as Tweed, Brass n’ Co, and Waves.
The horse also died at the scene. The accident happened near the Long Haul pub in Kilmeaden.
Upon arrival at the scene, gardaí reportedly found two other horses wandering on the road.
Gardaí at Tramore yesterday said that they were investigating circumstances surrounding the accident.
Mr Bible, from St John’s Park, had been living in nearby Carroll’s Cross prior to his death. He died shortly after performing an Easter Sunday gig at Sheridan’s Pub on Ballybricken with local singer Enda Jackman.
The deceased owned a keyboard shop and had built his own recording studios at his premises on Mayor’s Walk in the city. He is survived by his wife Breige, son Robbie and daughter Amy, along with two grandsons.
His family is renowned for contributions in music.
Mayor of Waterford city Mary Roche yesterday said Mr Bible “was a talented and great humoured man” whose death is “a sad loss” to Waterford.
Meanwhile, musician and former Waves bandmate Dermot Power said that “the magic is now gone”.
“He was just a natural — there was nothing he couldn’t do. He was full of energy,” he said.