Brooklyn-based drummer Jerry Fuchs died in an elevator accident this past Sunday. Fuchs was at a Brooklyn benefit party early Sunday morning when he became stuck in a freight elevator. According to reports, Fuchs and a friend tried to jump a few feet onto the next floor. Though his friend landed safely, Fuchs’ clothes were caught, he was pulled beneath the elevator and he fell five stories to his death.
Fuchs first made his name as a student at the University of Georgia. While in Athens he played in the groups The Martians, Vineland and Koncak. His first success came in the band the Turing Machine and, after relocating to New York, Fuchs became the unofficial house drummer for the DFA label. His credits include festival favorites like !!!, MSTRKRFT, The Juan MacLean and LCD Soundsystem, as well as his own Maserati.
“It is with overwhelming sadness that we bid farewell to our drummer and dearest friend Gerhardt (Jerry) Fuchs,” the members of his group Maserati posted Sunday. “We are humbled to have been able to create music with you for all these years, Jerry. You will be missed more than words can express. We love you, bro.”