Dave Matthews Band's saxophone player dies

Leroimoore_lLeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died on Tuesday from complications stemming from an ATV accident he suffered in June. He was 46. Moore crashed his ATV on June 30 on his farm near Charlottesville, VA. He had been discharged from the hospital and returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program, but complications from the accident sent him back to the hospital on July 17. The band issued a statement on its official website, describing Moore’s death as “unexpected.” Béla Fleck and the Flecktones saxophonist Jeff Coffin had been sitting in for the band’s summer tour.

The AP reports that Dave Matthews Band went ahead with their show on Tuesday at L.A.’s Staples Center, where Matthews dedicated the concert to Moore.

The Dave Matthews Band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, according to their website, when vocalist-guitarist Matthews tapped Moore and drummer Carter Beauford — both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene — to help record to tape some songs Matthews had written. Since then, according to the RIAA, Dave Matthews Band has sold over 31 million units in the U.S., putting them in the Top 100 highest-selling music acts of all time.

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  • Erin

    Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain…RIP Leroi, you & your music will forever be missed!

  • Sean

    Mr. Leroi Moore on the saxophone!! RIP! You and your music will be greatly missed.

  • Sean

    Mr. Leroi Moore on the saxophone!! RIP! You and your music will be greatly missed.

  • Meloney

    My heart dropped when i heard this news. After 25 shows, i can’t imagine him not being there. You will be missed Roi.
    “I feel as small as dust…”

  • Meghan

    I saw his last show with the band (my 10th), and as amazing as he was that night and always, I’d trade every single show if he could somehow still be here. You’ll be missed, LeRoi. Celebrate we will.

  • Laura

    oh wow! total shock!!!! I know we missed him in Charleston,SC thinking he would be ok but now we’ll always miss him. R.I.P. LeRoi

  • Winona

    LeRoi will definitely be missed. I haven’t seen DMB live in over 5 years (at 33, I’m getting too old to handle the drunk-frat-boy crowd), and can’t quite imagine seeing them live without him. My thoughts are with his family, friends and bandmates.

  • alaina

    We’ll miss you LeRoi! This summer’s shows weren’t the same without you…you’ll never be replaced in our hearts!

  • Frederic Mackavidge

    I remember when I was installing the wireless network on the tour bus, Leroi had so many cherished laughs together. I’ll never forget the time when for about 2 hours we couldn’t find out why the wireless mouse wouldn’t work, come to find out Leroi forgot to put the batteries in. HAHA, man, Logitech makes great stuff.

  • Lisa

    I am truly sad today. In tribute, LeRoi’s Sax blasted in my car on the way to take my kids to school. Crash was our wedding song and I rocked my little ones to sleep to DMB and LeRoi’s sax… Now over a decade later they are our family’s band. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole band and LeRoi’s family and friends.

  • Dan

    Sad Sad news. I know heaven just got that much better by taking Leroi from us. He will teach them how to jam. I have seen them play 53 times. Most recently 2 shows with Jeff (Leroi’s fill in) and it was great but different. I’m so glad I also got to see one of his last performances. He always brought something special to his spot in the band,just like the rest of them. That is what makes DMB so awesome! He will definitely be missed. R.I.P. Leroi JAM 2 DMB 4 EVER! dmbjamz aka dmb3420

  • Anne

    We missed Leroi at our concert in Raleigh, NC on July 2nd. His music will play in our hearts forever. RIP Roi your talent and gifts on the sax are beyond words you will be greatly missed!

  • Maggie Micek

    Leroi has touched many days in my life. He is a man who has put a smile on my face time and time again. Thank you for providing outstanding music for our time. Your music and spirt will live in history.

  • Dennis

    I was saddened to hear that he had passed. I have been trying to get an update on his condition for some time, and I was completely shocked this morning to hear he had died. I’ve had some of his solos echoing in my head all morning. My prayers are with his family, friends, fans, and bandmates.

  • marching ants suck

    dont worry peeps, the DMB will continue to suck… even without leroi!

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