Keith Richards and Justin Bieber pay tribute to record label employee killed in Paris terror attacks

'Words cannot express the horror of what happened,' The Rolling Stones guitarist says in statement


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Justin Bieber and The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards have both paid tribute to Thomas Ayad, Mercury Records' international product manager who lost his life in last week's Paris terrorist attacks.

At least 129 people were killed and around 350 injured after a series of violent attacks in the French capital on Friday night (November 13). Music venue Le Bataclan was the worst hit, with 89 civilians killed during a shooting at an Eagles Of Death Metal concert.

Ayad's death was confirmed by Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge recently, who said: "This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family."

Now Keith Richards, who had worked with Ayad in the past, has uploaded a photo of the pair together to Instagram.

In a caption, Richards wrote: "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Ayad. Words cannot express the horror of what happened in Paris. I am horrified by the tragic events that took place in Paris last Friday night".

Meanwhile, Bieber also posted a message, saying: "Still thinking about Paris and my friend Thomas that we lost in the tragedy. He was a part of my team for years and I wish I would've had more time to thank him."

See the messages from Richards and Bieber below.

Staff from Le Bataclan recently issued their first statement following the terror attack at the venue. It begins with "no words sufficient to express the magnitude of our grief," before adding: "Our thoughts are with the victims, the wounded and their relatives."

The statement then goes on to explain that people wishing to gather in front of the venue to pay their respects to the dead will not be able to, until after police have finished working on the site.

Translated, the statement reads: "[There are] no words sufficient to express the magnitude of our grief. Our thoughts are with the victims, the wounded and their relatives. You may to want to gather together, unfortunately the authorities still need to work on site. We will keep you informed of when it will be posible to gather. We thank you for your support, it touches us deeply."

Eagles Of Death Metal merchandise seller, Nick Alexander was the first Briton confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. Along with Ayad, Les InRocks reporter William B Decherf was also among the deceased.

Musicians around the world have reacted with horror to the attacks, including those who have friends in the city and others who have performed at the Bataclan venue over the years. Among the artists who have delivered messages are Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto, AC/DC, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and more.

The likes of U2 and Foo Fighters have cancelled upcoming shows in Paris and elsewhere in Europe following the attacks.

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