Eagles of Death Metal Merch Manager Among Those Killed in Paris Attacks
[Update at 1:46 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15: The GoFundMe campaign for Nick Alexander's memorial has raised more than $50,000 in just one day, more than double its goal. "This outpouring of help is far beyond my expectations," wrote Alexander's friend Miguel Benavides, who set up the campaign.]
Nick Alexander, a 36-year-old veteran concert merchandise manager from Britain, was among those killed in the terrorist attack at Le Bataclan theater in Paris on Friday during an Eagles of Death Metal concert. Alexander's family confirmed he was among the victims in a written statement issued earlier today.
Alexander, who has also worked with Sum 41, Forever the Sickest Kids, Underoath and Panic at the Disco, was handling merch for the band's European tour.
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night,” his family's statement read. “Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend — generous, funny and fiercely loyal.
"Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light."
U.K. newspaper The Independent interviewed a survivor of the Bataclan attack, Helen Wilson, who was with Alexander when he died. "Nick was in front of me when we were lying on the ground and somebody moved and [the terrorists] just turned round and started shooting us," said Wilson, speaking from a hospital where she was being treated for gunshot wounds in both legs.
As previously reported, both the band's management and the U.S. Justice Department have confirmed that all members of Eagles of Death Metal — Jesse Hughes, Dave Catching, Eden Galindo, Matt McJunkins and Julian Dorio — were able to escape the theater unharmed. The rest of the band's crew is also reportedly safe.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Alexander's memorial fund.
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