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Tim Taylor Dies In Crash

May 28, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Tim Taylor, lead singer of the indie-alternative band Brainiac, died early Friday (May 23) morning. Taylor was driving to his Dayton, Ohio, home when he lost control of his Mercedes. The car was moving at a fast pace when Taylor lost control and the Mercedes quickly drove off the road and collided with two poles and a fire hydrant. The car then burst into flames killing Taylor instantly. "We're not sure what happened," said Scott Giampino, director of publicity at Touch and Go, the band's label. "There was either a mechanical failure or Tim fell asleep at the wheel." An account has been set up at the Citizens Federal Bank in Dayton in Taylor's name to assist his family with costs incurred from the accident. Brainiac had been close to signing to a major label and also just returned from Europe where they opened for Beck.

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