PARIS, France (VIP NEWS) — Among those killed during the Friday`s tragic terrorist attacks in Paris were several members of the music industry, all of whom were attending the sold-out Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan when it was attacked.
While all the musicians in Eagles of Death Metal (and their opener) were able to escape unharmed, others in attendance, including some who worked for the band or the band`s parent label, were less fortunate.
Here are the names of the victims that are known at the moment:
Thomas Ayad, 34. International Product Manager for Mercury Records France (pictured, centre).
Nick Alexander, 36. Merchandise Manager for bands such as Sum 41, Panic! At The Disco, The Black Keys and Eagles Of Death Metal (pictured, bottom right).
Guillaume B. Decherf, 43. Journalist for celebrated French music and culture magazine, Les Inrockuptibles (pictured, top right).
Marie Mosser, 24. Digital Marketing executive at Mercury Records France (pictured, bottom left).
Manu Perez. Music industry marketing executive who worked at Universal Music France for over a decade (pictured, top left).
The 36-year-old Briton was the merchandise manager for Eagles of Death Metal as well as a few other bands. According to remembrances collected by Rolling Stone, Alexander absolutely loved being on tour. In a statement, Alexander`s family said, "Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone`s best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal … Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world." Some of those friends have set up a memorial fund for him at GoFundMe.
Guillaume B. Decherf
The 43-year-old father of two was a music journalist for Les Inrockuptibles, a French music and culture magazine, where he had worked since 2008. Decherf had recently written about Eagles of Death Metal`s new album.
The 34-year-old resident of Amiens, France was an International Product Manager for Mercury Records, a division of Universal Music France. He was also an amateur hockey player.
Pascal Nègre, the president of Universal Music France, confirmed that two more Universal employees named Marie Mosser and Manu Perez were also among the victims. He
tweeted on Saturday that "The Universal Music family is in mourning".
It has been brought to our attention from a that we sadly missed Nathalie Jardin, who was also in the music industry and lost the night of the Paris shootings. Jardin was the lighting manager for the Batacla, and was operating the lights that night during the Eagles of Death Metal concert.