Obituaries

LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band Dies

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Versatile saxophone player, LeRoi Moore, of the Dave Matthews Band died yesterday at a hospital in California. He was just 46-years-old. He'd been in the hospital for several weeks suffering from complications he suffered on June 30th when he was thrown from his all-terrain-vehicle on his farm in Charlottesville, VA.

At the time of his initial injury, Moore was admitted to a hospital briefly, then went back to his home in L.A. to begin physical therapy and assumed he'd be fine. But he needed to be readmitted to an area hospital on July 17th where he remained until his death yesterday.

The Dave Matthews Band played a show yesterday in Los Angeles with heavy hearts and dedicated the evening to Moore. It was Moore who first put the Dave Matthews Band together back in 1991. At the time, a young Matthews gave him a copy of his early demo tape, Moore listened to it, reached out to his friend Carter Beauford, a local drummer, who also liked the demo, and with that, the Dave Matthews Band was born. He's been in the group ever since, and was just recently replaced by Jeff Coffin in July while he attempted to recover.

-Jonathan Cunningham

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Jonathan Cunningham