Anunțul a fost făcut chiar de un coleg de trupă, Robert Fripp, pe Facebook.

Și solistul trupei, Michael Stipe, a deplâns moartea colegului său, el publicând ultima fotografie făcută de Bill, instantaneu realizat săptămâna trecută.


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Bill Rieflin (1960-2020) It is with heavy hearts we acknowledge the death of our dear friend and consummate drummer, Bill. Bill sent me this picture last week of him and Lenny Kaye earlier this month when the Patti Smith Group were in town and they got to hang out. He was elated to see such great friends and gather at his favorite weird Chinese-American diner. A forever memory is decades old, when I first met Bill at a late night Policeman’s bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy table drinking scotch, and we listened to ‘Birdland’ off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe. His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill— which commenced to create some magical and beautiful collaborations and life long friendships. And so to Bill now, he is among all the fine points of the stars and we are looking up with love— and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his relentless curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so precious and golden. —-Michael Photo of Bill and Michael, West Seattle, 2019

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Născut în Seattle, el şi-a început activitatea muzicală alături de basistul Paul Barker, care s-a alăturat apoi Ministry şi l-a adus pe baterist în grup.

Ulterior, a făcut parte din trupa REM, cântând însă și cu King Crimson, cu Robbie Williams, Swans sau Nine Inch Nails.

Printre cei care i-au adus un ultim omagiu s-au aflat și Krist Novoselic, de la Nirvana. anul trecut, soția lui Bill Rieflin, pictorița Francesca Sundsten, a murit și ea. 

Vezi și Kenny Rogers a murit la 81 de ani. Anunțul făcut de familia celebrului cântăreț

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