Josh Burdette, manager of Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club, has been found dead from a suspected suicide. He was 36-years old.
Burdette was a 340-pound, six foot, tattooed man who stood out at his venue but was the complete opposite of a person to what his image suggested. Club owner Seth Hurwitz said in a statement to consequenceofsound.net, “there was the fantastic joke that people that didn’t know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance. I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that”.
Over the years, 9:30 Club has been the venue for choice for acts like Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Australia’s Empire of the Sun and Alpine are scheduled to perform at the club tonight.
Today Public Enemy’s Chuck D. posted via Twitter:
Rest In Beats Josh Burdette 930 Club King a good dude & supporter of PE Rap & musicians http://t.co/JhXBpXRa65
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) September 2, 2013
Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Josh Burdette. You will be missed. RIP friend
— Zebrahead (@zebrahead) September 2, 2013
And from The Gaslight Anthem:
RIP Josh Burdette, our thoughts with his family, friends and the whole crew at 9:30…won't be the same down there.
— The Gaslight Anthem (@gaslightanthem) September 2, 2013
If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide contact Lifeline 13 11 14, beyondblue 1300 22 46 36, or Salvo Care Line 1300 36 36 22.
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