Published Jul 31, 2012Bill Doss, one of the core members of the Olivia Tremor Control, has died. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but Doss was 43 years old.
The Olivia Tremor Control website has confirmed the news, writing, "We are devastated by the loss of our brother Bill Doss. We are at a loss for words."
The details are currently almost non-existent, but Flagpole Magazine points to Athens, GA-based journalist André Gallant, who posted on Twitter, "Confirmed with ACC coroner: Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control died yesterday [July 30], investigation ongoing."
The Olivia Tremor Control were primarily active in the '90s and released iconic albums like Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle (1996) and Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One (1999) before calling it quits in 2000. Jeff Mangum was also a member of the band prior to forming Neutral Milk Hotel.
OTC eventually reformed to tour, record new music and reissue past albums. Doss last played with the group earlier this month.
In addition to playing in the Olivia Tremor Control, Doss was a co-founder of the Elephant 6 collective, which spawned groups like Neutral Milk Hotel, the Apples in Stereo, Of Montreal and more. Doss also recorded under the name the Sunshine Fix (both before and after his first run in the Olivia Tremor Control), and more recently became an official member of the Apples in Stereo after touring as their keyboardist.
A new Olivia Tremor Control studio album was to be released this year, but a new record has yet to be officially announced.
UPDATE: A memorial will be held on Saturday (August 4) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA. According to the press release, "In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations to Nuci's Space, a local musician support & resource center. Click here to donate. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the Elephant 6 family at this time. Our hearts are with them, and we will release any further details and statements as it's fit in the days to come."