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Paris Attacks: Universal Music Group Executive & Eagles Of Death Metal Merchandise Manager Among Those Killed At Le Bataclan Concert Hall

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This is so sad.

On Friday, Paris was rocked by a series of terror attacks that left over 120 people dead. Tragically, on Saturday, Universal Music Group confirmed that France music executive Thomas Ayad was among those killed after gunmen opened fire and held hostages at an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan.

Related: Foo Fighters Cancel The Rest Of Their European Tour After Paris Attacks

The band is a Universal artist, and the 34-year-old served as an international producer manager for Mercury Records. UMG CEO Lucian Grainge issued a statement about Thomas' untimely passing, writing:

"At this point, we have confirmed that Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records lost his life in the attack on the theater. This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family. Today is a dark day. We are a family. Let's support one another as we grapple with the weight of this darkness."

Over the weekend, it was also confirmed that the Eagles of Death Metal's merchandise manager, Nick Alexander, was also killed in the horrific incident.

The 36-year-old's family released a statement, saying:

"It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night. 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."

The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney had worked with Nick in the past, and remembered to Rolling Stone:

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U2's Paris Concert & Live HBO Special Probably Canceled After Terror Attacks

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Bono's band was scheduled to play in the city on Saturday and Sunday.

UPDATE 9:40 PM EST: U2 has officially canceled their Saturday show. The band issued a statement, saying:

"As a result of the ongoing state of emergency across France, the U2 Paris concert scheduled for 14th November will not be going ahead as planned. U2 and Live Nation, along with HBO who were due to live broadcast the Saturday concert, are fully resolved to go ahead with this show at an appropriate time."

The group continued to give their condolences for all the lives lost during the attacks, adding:

"We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight. We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe"

They have not said whether or not HBO will broadcast their Sunday show, or if the concert will even happen at all.

Paris is reeling from multiple terror attacks on Friday.

Various locations in France's capital were targeted, including explosions at the Stade de France stadium during a soccer game, a tragic hostage situation at Le Bataclan concert hall where American band Eagles of Death Metal was playing, as well as several shootings.

Sadly, over 100 people have been killed.

In the wake of the horrible situation, President François Hollande shut the nation's borders and declared a state of emergency.

Related: Rob Lowe Slammed For Insensitive Paris Comments

Reports reveal that on Saturday the city will be closing grocery stories, city hall, and other places where large crowds can gather, in case there are any follow-up incidents.

So, it makes sense that U2's Paris concert for their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour might not happen in light of the horrific events.

A source close to Bono's band told Entertainment Tonight that they "do not see how the show could happen tomorrow."

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Back To Her Old Tricks? Courtney Love Looking Rough.


Not good, bb.

Courtney Love was spotted more than a little rough - and covered in a mysterious white powder - on the way into the Le Bataclan in Paris to perform a show with her band Hole!

We're sure the drama with her daughter has taken a toll on her, but if that's what we think it is all over your leg, then we understand why Frances Bean wants nothing to do with you!

She shouldn't have to take care of her own mother!

Get it together, gurl, before it's too late!

[Image via Pacific Coast News Online.]

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