Former Deerhunter bassist Josh Fauver has died, aged 39

The musician was a part of the band from 2004 to 2012

Former Deerhunter bassist Josh Fauver has died, it has been confirmed.

No official cause of death has been given at present. Fauver was 39 years old.

The musician joined the Atlanta band in 2004 and appeared on their debut album, which was released the following year. He went on to play on four of the band’s LPs in total, ending with 2010’s ‘Halcyon Digest’, as well as the EPs ‘Fluorescent Grey’ and ‘Rainwater Cassette Exchange’.

Fauver left Deerhunter in 2012 before work began on their fifth album, ‘Monomania’. Frontman Bradford Cox later told Pitchfork of the bassist’s departure: “There was never a fight, nothing acrimonious.”

The 39-year-old was also a member of Atlanta bands Electrosleep International and S.I.D.S. and had his own solo project, called Diet Cola. He ran the independent label Army Of Bad Luck, which released records for local bands like Pleasure Cruise and Battlecat, and Austin’s Finally Punk.

Deerhunter posted a photo of the band with Fauver on their Instagram page yesterday (November 3), captioned: “Very difficult times now.”

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Very difficult times now

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Fans and friends have begun paying tribute to Fauver on social media. See some of those messages below.

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On Friday, we lost one of the most important people in both of our lives. Josh was not only a phenomenally gifted musician, he was also one of the most compassionate people we have ever known. Nearly every single band on the @sacredbones roster had crashed at his place in ATL & woken up to a homemade breakfast & spotless jokes abt the indie rock music industry. Josh ran his own label, Army of Bad Luck, & played in tons of bands, including: SIDS, Deerhunter & his incredible solo project Diet Cola. Things will never be the same but we are thankful to talk to old friends & be reminded that we still have each other. We are living in incredibly dark times but maybe if we love each other hard enough we can somehow still catch a little light. 📸’s are stolen from @kristinkleinkk, @deerhuntermusic & our personal collections. 💔💔

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