Monday, July 25, 2005
RIP: The Rocker
ROCKER DIES AFTER STAGE-DIVING DURING A GIG
Famed advice columnist known only as "The Rocker" plunged to his death midway through a raucous performance, after a spectacular stage-dive went horribly wrong.
The Rocker, who was playing with his band Boss Brains at a gig promoted by US music magazine The Reglar Wiglar, jumped off the stage at a venue in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
The singer horrified fans as he reached out mid-leap to hang from a lighting rig, but missed and fell head-first onto the floor during the concert last Wednesday.
The 39-year-old died in hospital the next morning.
A witness says, "He crouched down before leaping off the stage and tried to grab the lighting rig and his momentum carried him forward.
"He went upside down and hit the floor. It lasted about five seconds. It was horrendous."
The Rocker's brother The Roller, who is also in the band, adds, "He died doing what he did best. Rocking the fuck out."