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Drummer Jimmy Pagano Dies in Bar Fight at Fishtales (UPDATED)

Local drummer Jimmy Pagano died early Sunday morning at Fishtales Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale. He was 54. He was trying to break up a fight on a night that he was playing at the venue. Tributes are currently pouring in on his Facebook page, and a special tribute page has been started, as well.

UPDATE: The fight began about 3:30 a.m. when a bar patron (more on him here) got in an argument about his bill. Witnesses tell New Times that bar employees threw the man out after he refused to pay.

The man reportedly returned to the bar later carrying steak knives. He got into another argument at the bar and stabbed Pagano in the neck. Pagano fell over, asking for help, while blood poured from his neck.

Other bar patrons approached, and the man stabbed

Fishtales remained closed Sunday as police continued to investigate the stabbings.
Fishtales remained closed Sunday as police continued to investigate the stabbings.
Photo by Eric Barton

five other people. The man was eventually subdued, and some of the

patrons continued to hit and kick him until police arrived. Witnesses

say the man was severely beaten and taken to the hospital.

UPDATE: Police say the attacker was Brian Edward Krebs, a 38-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident. Krebs was still hospitalized Monday morning, so a more detailed police report on the incident won't be available until he's booked at the jail.

Pagano

hosted a weekly Pro Jam music event at Fishtales, and promoted countless other events around the region and described himself

on his MySpace page as

"a 'deep in the pocket' style drummer with chops

that are unique and mostly my own. My musical styles include (but not

limited to) Classic rock, Blues, Southern, Funk, Country rock, Motown and

Big band."



Eric Barton and Arielle Castillo contributed to this report. Follow County Grind on Facebook and Twitter: @CountyGrind.




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