Had been missing since
last Wednesday; his band’s new album was released last Tuesday.
By Fred Mills
Sad news in the indie world today: Charles Wesley Cooper III of Telefon
Tel Aviv, who had been missing from where he’d been staying at a residence in Chicago since around
midnight January 21, was found dead last night. An autopsy is being conducted
today to determine the cause of death and no other details have been released
as of this writing.
According to CBS2Chicago.com, Cooper, 31, originally from Louisiana, was staying
with a friend when he and his girlfriend got into an argument. He subsequently
left and no one had heard from him since. Reports indicate that Cooper had
threatened suicide in the past but did not do so last week.
At Telefon Tel Aviv’s MySpace blog, Cooper’s collaborator in
the duo Joshua Eustis posted the following:
It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in
Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.
We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a
decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while
at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another’s expense.
Aside from Charlie’s singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he
was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people
everywhere. His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to
the world – his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying
loyalty to those whom he loved. In the spirit of honorable mention,
however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous,
knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.
He is survived by a sister, a neice, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me,
and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his
family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during
these extremely turbulent waters.
Yours in Music,
BLURT would like to extend our sincerest condolences to
Eustis and to Cooper’s family. We have a review of the band’s new album, Immolate Yourself, set to run this week
– it’s an astonishing album by any measure, a tribute to Eustis and Cooper’s composing
and performing gifts. “Few are the bands that go full bore into an ’80s sound,
apropos of nothing but their own nostalgic appreciation,” writes reviewer Robert
Ham. “One of these rare groups is Telefon Tel Aviv, a duo that mines the
surprisingly deep reserves of technopop groups like Heaven 17, Visage and OMD
to construct their own punchy electronically enhanced sound.”
[Photo Credit: Mike Greenberg]