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.
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 ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ 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:
“I spent a lot of time with Nick, but the thing about the touring merch job, it’s one of the more thankless jobs. You do it because you just want to travel and you’re interested in meeting new people and it’s really hard work. It’s not the job you take if you’re into partying. So he was a really organized, super hard worker, really funny. I remember him always very content with being on tour. It was what seems to make him the happiest. After shows, when everyone would go wild or whatever, he would also be really reserved. He was just a sweetheart, that guy.”
In addition to working with the Eagles of Death Metal and the Black Keys, he had also toured with Sum 41 and Panic! at the Disco.
Rock band Alice In Chains took to Facebook to grieve the loss as well, sharing:
Our hearts are with all the victims, their families, and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
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