R.I.P. – LeRoi Moore (1961 – 2008)

Whenever you start to take life for granted keep in mind how quickly things can change. We’re sad to report that saxophonist LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band passed away this afternoon in Hollywood at the age of 46.

Moore sustained severe injuries thanks to an ATV accident on his farm in rural Virginia this past June. He took a turn for the worse and died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications. Terrible news, just terrible.

Here’s the official statement from the band:

“LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. Moore had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.”

The show went on for the DMB, who played L.A.’s Staples Center last night:

Set: Bartender, Proudest Monkey > Satellite, So Damn Lucky, Eh Hee, Water Into Wine, Burning Down The House, Dancing Nancies, Loving Wings, The Maker, Sledgehammer, Grey Street, Dreaming Tree, Crash Into Me, Everyday, Anyone Seen The Bridge > Too Much intro > Ants Marching
Encore: Sister, Corn Bread, Two Step

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15 Responses

  1. As somebody who grew up watching LeRoi’s amazing talents on stage…I find this deeply sad and troubling. All our thoughts n prayers must go out to the entire DMB family. Taken all too soon.

  2. Such a shame. I spent many hours back in college listening to DMB, and those days would have very different without Mr. Moore’s contribution. RIP. you will be missed.

  3. taken from phish.com

    “When Phish played Virginia Beach in 1997, LeRoi came on stage and started playing three saxophones at once and set off the most hilarious chain of events. Within minutes Page was playing four of his keyboards with his hands and feet and I had three guitars on and drumsticks in my hand banging on Fish’s drums. and Mike was playing two basses. It was just a phenomenal moment! And I remember LeRoi laughing with his mouth full of saxophones.

    We miss you LeRoi and thank you for the joy you brought all of us.

    – Trey Anastasio”

  4. when you were playing I was in an another world you will be missing to us, all the DMB fans’s. I just liked your style, the way that you have to get this thing inside of me…you know, kind of thing that you can’t tell to someone…RIP LeRoi Moore my idol! I hope you’re Ok where your are…

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