On Sunday, The Juan MacLean
's drummer, Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs, died in a pretty terrible accident. According to the NY Daily News
, Fuchs was heading to a party in Williamsburg when the freight elevator he was taking got stuck between floors. After being trapped for 20 minutes, the paper reports, Fuchs and another partygoer tried to escape when the party organizer pulled open the elevator doors. The dummer's hoodie apparently got caught as he was leaving, and he fell 50 feet to his death.
Late yesterday the Juan MacLean issued a statement expressing great sadness for the loss of their friend (who also drummed for !!!, Maserati, LCD Soundsystem, Turing Machine, and other bands). The group also announced that it will not be performing on its upcoming tour (which hits San Francisco at Mezzanine Nov. 20) as a full band. Instead, bandleader John MacLean will be DJing a "tribute DJ set to commemorate and honor the memory of his friend and bandmate."