In December 1993, former AC/DC manager and singer-songwriter Crispin Dye was robbed and assaulted in Sydney, Australia, after a night out with friends, leaving Dye with major head injuries. He later succumbed to his wounds in the hospital and died at the age of 41. For more than 20 years, the murder has remained unsolved, but the New South Wales government has taken giant steps toward finally giving Dye’s family some closure, offering up a $100,000 reward for information that results in the assailants being brought to justice, the Guardian reports.
“By all accounts, Crispin Dye was a fun-loving, friendly and decent man, who was robbed of his life far too soon,” Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said in a statement. “There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr. Dye’s death and we’re hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police. We are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this case and bringing those responsible for an innocent man’s violent death to justice, but we won’t be able to do it without assistance from the public.” It’s unclear why police have taken this action now.
While there aren’t many details concerning Dye’s attackers, witnesses reported seeing three young men standing over Dye’s body before fleeing the scene. Although there were a rash of gay-hate murders in the Sydney area around the time of Dye’s killing, police do not believe this murder was motivated by homophobia, the Daily Telegraph writes. Dye served as AC/DC’s manager for seven years in the Eighties.