Published Jan 27, 2009There's some sad news today from the Telefon Tel Aviv camp: one half of the long-running electronic duo, Charlie Cooper, has passed away. He was 31.
Late last night, band-mate Joshua Eustis shared the bad news via a MySpace post, informing fans that Cooper died on January 22. He did not reveal the cause of death.
Here is Eustis's brief online eulogy:
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 gifts 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, and knowledge of hip-hop that was profound and 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.
Telefon Tel Aviv recently released their new full-length, Immolate Yourself. Here is Exclaim!'s review, as well as a brief interview with Eustis.
Telefon Tel Aviv "Sound In a Dark Room"