LATEST: The former boyfriend of the VERONICAS star JESS ORIGLIASSO has been found alive and well in New York - a week after he went missing in Los Angeles.
Azaria, real name David Byrne, disappeared after falling out with his The Follow bandmates during a recording session, and the worried rockers launched a nationwide search for him.
In a post on the band's MySpace.com page, the group wrote, "We should disclose that the band has been going through some hard times recently, both as a band and as individuals. Working on the new record was the final breaking point for an already unstable band.
"All of The Follow's family and close friends have been contacted, we've filled a missing person's report, and have reached out to the Australian Consulate for guidance."
Azaria contacted the group's manager from New York on Friday (29Aug08), explaining he just needed to "get away".
A statement from the band reads, "Once we get together as a band and decide our fate I'm sure Azaria will make a statement explaining himself."