Damon Albarn and The Black Keys lead musician tributes to merch seller killed in Paris attacks

Nick Alexander was among the 118 civilians killed during a shooting at Eagles of Death Metal gig

Tributes have been flooding in for Nick Alexander, the merchandise seller for Eagles Of Death Metal who lost his life in the Paris terror attacks on Friday night (13 November).

At least 129 people were killed and around 350 are injured after a series of violent attacks in the French capital. Music venue Le Bataclan was among the worst hit, with 89 civilians killed during a shooting at an Eagles of Death Metal gig.

Alexander, 36 from Essex, who previously toured with the likes of Fall Out Boy and The Black Keys, died in the attack.

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney told Rolling Stone of Alexander: “He was a really organised, super hard worker, really funny. I remember him always very content with being on tour. It was what seemed to make him the happiest… He was just a sweetheart, that guy.”

Bandmate Dan Auerbach added: “He was part of our family basically… He was always there, really nice guy, always with his mod haircut and his big smile… He was just an absolute rock and roll guy. Lived for it.”

Alexander also previously worked for Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project. Albarn paid tribute to his late colleague, saying: “Nick’s death is immensely sad. The fact that he seems to have given his life to save another will be a lasting testament to what a lovely guy he was”.

Other artists to pay tribute to Alexander include Sum 41, Best Coast, MGMT, Yusuf Islam, aka Cat Stevens, Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman, The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, Slowdive and the Smashing Pumpkins.

i’ve been at a loss for words since we all heard the news of the attacks in paris. france has always been a second home…

Posted by Sum 41 on Sunday, 15 November 2015

I know that many, many lives were affected by the tragedies in Paris last night- but Nick Alexander is someone I…

Posted by Best Coast on Saturday, 14 November 2015

To Everyone:We love France. We love Paris. MGMT are fortunate enough to have played Le Bataclan four times,…

Posted by MGMT on Saturday, 14 November 2015

Our former merch vender Nick Alexander has been confirmed as one of the victims of the senseless violence in Paris…

Posted by Alice in Chains on Saturday, 14 November 2015

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A GoFundMe page has been launched in Alexander’s honour, with 1,432 people raising £37,330 ($56,762) so far. All money will be given to Nick’s family, who will then decide how to disburse it.

“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan” Alexander’s family have said in a statement. “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.”