Oh dear. Gerhardt Fuchs, the drummer for !!!, LCD Soundsystem and more recently for Maserati, MSTRKRFT and The Juan MacLean dies in an elevator accident over the weekend. The tragic accident took his life after a party in his hometown of Williamsburg
The 34-year old drummer attended a benefit party on the building got stuck on a freight elevator between 4th and 5th floor as told by friends and police. Gerhardt tried to jump off the stalled car but his jacket was stuck on something, which cause him to fall to the bottom of the shaft. Another unidentified man was with him but managed to jump to a 4th floor hallway.
The Juan MacLean wrote this tribute on his website:
“I am too devastated to go into details about Jerry’s death in the early hours of 11/08/2009. You can read about it in this New York Times article. Many are trying to contact me, in disbelief, to confirm if this is indeed a true story, and I am writing to confirm that it is. Jerry fell down an elevator shaft in a warehouse building in Brooklyn and was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to the hospital.
Jerry was one of my best and most loyal friends. He was hands-down the best drummer I have ever played with or seen for that matter. Jerry was with me from the start of The Juan MacLean, and we had countless adventures together all over the world. He was utterly sincere and fiercely loyal. During a particularly difficult time, while backstage in a club in Chicago, Jerry told me ‘Juan, I will follow you to the end of the earth and I will always be there for you.’ That was Jerry, the greatest drummer in the world, the greatest friend you could ever have.
No word on how this affects The Juan MacLean’s upcoming Australian tour, which includes shows at the Pyramid Rock Festival, Field Day and Summadayze.”
Rest in peace, Gerhardt Fuchs.