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Drummer Jerry Fuchs Dies After Elevator Shaft Fall

November 9, 2009 4:54 PM ET

Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs, a drummer for indie-rock bands like !!!, the Juan MacLean and most recently Maserati, died early Sunday morning, November 8th, after falling down an elevator shaft. Fuchs was 34. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who once worked with Fuchs, told the New York Times Fuchs was "one of the only people we all knew who was literally great at what he did."

According to reports, Fuchs and a friend were attending a benefit at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn warehouse when the freight elevator they were in got stuck between floors. While Fuchs' friend made the four-foot jump out of the elevator, Fuchs' jacket reportedly got snagged, pulling him backwards and through the crevice. Friends recovered Fuchs at the bottom of the shaft, but he was unable to speak. He later passed away at Belleville Hospital.

"Jerry was one of my best and most loyal friends. He was hands-down the best drummer I have ever played with or seen for that matter," Juan MacLean wrote on his official Website. "He was utterly sincere and fiercely loyal."

Fuchs recently served as drummer for the Toronto band MSTRKRFT's performance on The Late Show With David Letterman. Watch the performance below:

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