Dave Matthews Band Saxophonist Leroi Moore Dies
August 20, 2008 at 5:24 AM (PT)
LEROI MOORE, saxophonist and founding member of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, died TUESDAY from complications stemming from injuries he sustained in an ATV accident, the band's publicist said. MOORE was taken to HOLLYWOOD PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER in LOS ANGELES, and had been rehabilitating at his L.A. home after the JUNE 30th accident at his farm outside CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND was formed in CHARLOTTESVILLE in 1991 by MATTHEWS, drummer CARTER BEAUFORD and MOORE, an established saxophonist in the local music scene.
The group went ahead with a scheduled show TUESDAY night at the STAPLES CENTER in LOS ANGELES. JEFF COFFIN, saxophonist for BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES, has been sitting in for MOORE since MOORE's accident.
MATTHEWS announced the death of the band's "dear friend" to the crowd. MOORE was 46.