Telefon Tel Aviv’s Charlie Cooper dies at 31



The New Orleans-bred electronic music duo lost its “better half,” says band-mate and lifelong friend Josh Eustis on the band’s MySpace blog:

It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd.

We have been friends since high school, and began making records together a decade ago. We have been so fortunate to tour the world together, while at the same time having a massive amount of laughs at one another's expense.

Aside from Charlie's singular genius and musical gifts, I can tell you that he was a total sweetheart of a guy, and a loving friend and confidant to people everywhere. His musicianship was surpassed only by his greater gift to the world - his warmth, his generosity, his unquenchable humor, and his undying loyalty to those whom he loved. In the spirit of honorable mention, however, I should mention that he had a shoe collection that was marvelous, knowledge of hip-hop that was profound, and knowledge of wine that was subtle.

He is survived by a sister, a niece, a nephew, his mother, his stepfather, me, and more adoring friends than the Universe has dark matter. As such, his family and I ask for your discretion and consideration of our privacy during these extremely turbulent waters.

According to this CBS Chicago article, Cooper went missing from his Chicago home last Wednesday and was found Monday. An autopsy will determine cause of death.

The band relocated from New Orleans to Chi-Town in 2001 and has garnered critical acclaim and praise for its studio albums as well as its remixes of bands like Nine Inch Nails and American Analog Set. The band released its third studio album Immolate Yourself release earlier this month.

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