LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore, one of the group's founding members and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died Tuesday from sudden complications stemming from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June. He was 46.
Moore died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, according to a statement released on the band's Web site. The statement did not specify what led to his death.
Moore was initially hospitalized in late June after the accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He was later discharged and had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program when complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17, the band said.
Galina Shinder, a nursing supervisor at Hollywood Presbyterian, said the hospital could not release any details.
Ambrosia Healy, the band's publicist, said the band's show Tuesday night in Los Angeles was not canceled. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, had been sitting in for Moore during the band's summer tour.
Moore, who liked to wear his trademark dark sunglasses at the bands' live concerts, had classical training but said jazz was his main musical influence, according to a biography on the band's Web site.
"But at this stage I don't really consider myself a jazz musician," Moore said in the biography. Playing with the Dave Matthews Band was "almost better than a jazz gig," he said. "I have plenty of space to improvise, to try new ideas."
Lead singer Dave Matthews credited Moore with arranging many of his songs, which combine Cajun fiddle-playing, African-influenced rhythms and Matthews' playful but haunting voice.
The band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, Va., when Matthews was working as a bartender. He gave a demo tape of his songs to Moore, who liked what he heard and recruited his friend and fellow jazzman Carter Beauford to play drums, and other musicians.
The group broke out of the local music scene with the album "Under the Table and Dreaming." The band won a Grammy Award in 1997 for its hit song "So Much to Say" off its second album "Crash." Other hits include "What Would You Say," "Crash Into Me" and "Satellite."
This is crazy. Too many losses in one month. Everybody better let your loved ones know you care, because as you see, tomorrow is not promised to anyone.
O no, so terrible
R.I.P TO ALL OUR LOST ONES MAN
***, ***, ***! This is disturbing.
He was so talented. I loved to hear him play his solos like in "Lovers ***" and "Stay" (Wasting Time)
Can't be ridin ATVs with tha white boys like that. RIP dude.
See thats why I tell people to live life to the fullest and quit ***!ttn. U never know when its ur time! R.I.P
WOW THIS IS TOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is just sad.
Haha, I bet no one on the MTO staff really knew who he was.
I guess because he's black that this is a news story?
OH WOW..........ANOTHER BLK PERSON DIES R.I.P
I read about this on another web site
I didn't know his music but its sad to see another talented brother gone
So sad...Rest in peace...
This is terrible....Man ATV's are fun but they can be really dangerous as well....
DMB shows are always a fun time....
Rest in Peace Mr. Moore....
Tell your family and friends how much they mean to you. Those special folk, let them know how much you care. If your mother is living, give her roses now, while she can smell them. If your dad is living, give him a huge hug and thank him for the morals and values he set in your life. If someone has done anything special for you, tell them how much it meant to you, and after you're done, thank God for allowing you to live to be able to say these words to each of them. By the way, please don't forget your siblings, give them all a hug and tell them you love them, do this everyday of your life, so when God calls your number you'll answer the roll with peace. God Bless Everyone....I love all of You, and I don't have to know you, but those three words goes a very long way, because we may not know who needed a hug, a word of love, encouragement or even just to know somebody prayed for them. Blessing's to Everyone!
Now to the Topic: To the faamily of LeRoi Moore, I send my heart felyt prayers and condolences. May the Lord provide you with the strength, love, peace, comfort and understanding you need during this time of loss in your life. God Bless.
Rest In Peace...
Oh wow! R.I.P. buddy.
somewhere,somebody has decided that celebrities of color are becoming too prominant so we seem to be dying at an alarming rate.
its all suspect to me
O my word. I love their band too. I cannot believe that so many people are dying this month. This is just crazy.
rest in peace....this hurt so deeply.....he was an awesome player..you will be greatly missed...*** i saw him play live 20 times live...awe ***!!!! my heart go out to his family yall should listen before these crowded streets awesome cd
DooDooFaceGirl is obviously dumb as hell so bump her. Can u read or write correctly b-yattch?
Dave matthews did not die. She's probably 36 with college bound kids so pardon her bcuz she's outta touch.
BRONX CUTIES 4EVA
I forgot all about that accident he was in. This is sad news. RIP
What's going on lately? R.I.P
R.I.P. Leroi &
Bernie Mac, Isaac Hayes, Pervis Jackson (Spinners), Julius J. Carry 3d, Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH)
Lawd have mercy! "As for me and my house we will serve the LORD!"
I pray peace for this family and the family of Congresswoman Tubbs Jones as well. I just want to let them know that even in our weaknesses HIS strength is being made perfect in us so continue to lean on Jesus and HE will keep you in PERFECT PEACE...
NOW for the rest of us.."CHOOSE YE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE..."
Great band...my thougts and prayers to his family and friends.