PARIS — Nick Alexander, a British man who sold merchandise for the Southern California rock band Eagles of Death Metal, was among those killed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Friday during the terrorist attacks that shook the city.
Alexander apparently died when gunmen took control of the performance venue and opened fire, killing scores of people, Los Angeles Times reported. The Eagles of Death Metal were playing a concert at the Bataclan at the time, but members of the band managed to escape the hall.
In a statement sent to the British press, Alexander’s family said that “it is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night.”
They said that he “died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world.
Patrick Hutchinson, live recording engineer for the Eagles of Death Metal, said on Saturday that Alexander was “a very nice fellow…. What happened is tragic. Horrible.”
The band from Palm Desert was in Paris as part of a European tour. The Independent reported that Alexander was 36 and was from Colchester, Essex.
Musicians took to social media to memorialize Alexander.
I know that many, many lives were affected by the tragedies in Paris last night- but Nick Alexander… https://t.co/uKpQBDj1xF
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) November 14, 2015
Just found out Nick Alexander was one of the people murdered last night in Paris. Great guy. I'm horrified. #RIPNickAlexander
— Joe Trohman (@trohman) November 14, 2015
My thoughts are with everyone affected by the attacks that happened yesterday in Paris. I had quite a… https://t.co/kh1ia9tzeF
— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) November 14, 2015
A GoFundMe page has been created for a memorial fund for Alexander.