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Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong has written a heartfelt message to the community effected by the recent tragedy at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, CA.

36 people were killed on December 2nd when a fire broke out during a party at the space where artists lived and worked.

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The Green Day frontman, and Oakland native, shared a photo from the vigil with a lengthy caption expressing his sympathy and empathy. He also spoke about the value of communal spaces such as Ghost Ship.

“It’s been many years since I’ve lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost ship,” he began. “Those were some of the best and most fulfilling times in my life. Living with other weirdos, artists, activists, and musicians. Spaces like this allow the strange ones to thrive and be the people that normal society rejects.”

“We inspired each other, laughed together, and created new friends and family we didn’t know existed. The city of Oakland provided that for me and my closest friends,” he continued. “This tragedy hits close to all of our hearts. please do what you can to help heal this intense loss.. more information to come .. let’s take care of each other.. BJ.”

Check out Armstrong’s full post below.

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