Pink Martini percussionist Derek Rieth has been found dead, band’s manager Bill Tennant has announced.
A police spokesman said on August 22 that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The death has been ruled a suicide.
Police found Derek Rieth’s body Wednesday night when they conducted a welfare check on behalf of someone who was concerned after not hearing from him for several hours.
Sgt. Pete Simpson says a shotgun was found and taken as evidence.
Bill Tennant said they are not releasing additional information at this time.
“Right now, to respect the family and friends, we’re not going to make a further statement,” he said.
Derek Rieth played many percussion instruments for Pink Martini, including bongos, congas, cymbals, and the triangle.
The Oregonian reports that Derek Rieth was a founding member of Pink Martini, playing everything from bongos to finger cymbals.
The publication said Pink Martini was scheduled to play the Oregon Zoo with the von Trapps on August 22 and 23, shows that will go on.
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