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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’.

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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 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.

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