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.”
Fans and friends have begun paying tribute to Fauver on social media. See some of those messages below.
We lost someone special yesterday in Josh Fauver, a kind human who was so integral to ATL music and all music.
— Stranded (@strandedmsk) November 4, 2018
I’m so sad to hear that #joshfauver has died. I really loved his work in @DeerhunterMusic both live and in the studio. Much love to Josh’s family and all of the @DeerhunterMusic family. #ripjoshfauver
— Jigga (@jiggatime) November 4, 2018
Sad news re: Josh Fauver, only met him a few times when he came through on tour but really seemed like a good guy
Bradford always made sure people knew he wrote what I consider to be Deerhunter's best song, and by extension one of my all time favouriteshttps://t.co/PI3tOmN5CH
— Ian Wright (@ihwright) November 4, 2018
rip josh fauver. last 3 min of nothing ever happened has carried me through some shit for the last almost decade.
— cecile duncan (@suhhseal) November 4, 2018
I'm so devastated to hear of Josh Fauver's death, he was really one of the good ones. Here's a picture of Josh from the night I met him, at Holocene back in 2008. He was just such a sweet goofball, and a kind person. My heart hurts. pic.twitter.com/xX44E8NW4h
— Anna K. Lockwood (@Anna_K_Lockwood) November 4, 2018
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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 who toured through ATL had crashed at his place & woken up to a home made breakfast & spotless jokes abt the indie rock music industry. We used to call him, “Sacred Bones South.” Josh also ran his own label, Army of Bad Luck, & played in tons of bands, including but not limited to: SIDS, Deerhunter, Electrosleep INT’L & his incredible solo project, Diet Cola. He was a militant feminist. He’s the person who encouraged us to become business partners. Things will never be the same but we are thankful to talk to old friends & be reminded that we still have each other. There is no way to close this. 📸’s are stolen from @kristinkleinkk, @deerhuntermusic & our personal archives.