LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died on Tuesday from complications stemming from an ATV accident he suffered in June. He was 46. Moore crashed his ATV on June 30 on his farm near Charlottesville, VA. He had been discharged from the hospital and returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program, but complications from the accident sent him back to the hospital on July 17. The band issued a statement on its official website, describing Moore’s death as “unexpected.” Béla Fleck and the Flecktones saxophonist Jeff Coffin had been sitting in for the band’s summer tour.
The AP reports that Dave Matthews Band went ahead with their show on Tuesday at L.A.’s Staples Center, where Matthews dedicated the concert to Moore.
The Dave Matthews Band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, according to their website, when vocalist-guitarist Matthews tapped Moore and drummer Carter Beauford – both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene – to help record to tape some songs Matthews had written. Since then, according to the RIAA, Dave Matthews Band has sold over 31 million units in the U.S., putting them in the Top 100 highest-selling music acts of all time.
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