Ari J. Diaconis, attorney and former member of Brooklyn group Rubblebucket, passed away on January 29 at the age of 33. The band shared a remembrance of Diaconis today in a Facebook post.
“We are grief-stricken today to say farewell to one of our dear friends, an amazing (hu)man, bright spirit and former bandmate of ours, Ari Diaconis,” the note begins. “He was hilarious, multitalented (a percussionist, lawyer, painter, writer, thinker & adventurer), driven, highly intelligent, and always had that sparkle in his eye that makes you know he is now on to new explorations we can only begin to imagine.”
According to a New York Times obituary, Diaconis was a percussionist who played with Rubblebucket and at NYC venues like the famed Blue Note Jazz Club, and he attended the University of Vermont and, later, Cornell Law School. After a promising law career was cut short due to neurological issues, Diaconis continued to write, play music and devote time to raising awareness of his disorders, including a publicized cross-country bicycle trip with his sister in 2016 that called attention to those afflicted with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).
“The bravery and humility with which he faced his frustrating neurological disorders has been an inspiration and will continue to be,” Rubblebucket’s note continues. “We will really really miss Ari.”