Last Thursday (22/01/09) Charlie Cooper, one-half of the Chicago based freestyle-ambient group Telefon Tel-Aviv has passed away at the young age of 31, no cause of death has been revealed yet, nevertheless the pain is aching in our hearts here in thcdj, and we wish to pay our respects to one half of a whole culture.
Joshua Eustis, has publicly released a statement yesterday in the groups’ myspace page. As we can gather from other sources and resources and from the fact that the news got out only a week after the death, it is best to leave this item at this, until further press release will come from Joshua or from Charlie’s family. Please don’t go around making rumors and bothering the family and friends, and may we no longer see amazing artists depart our lives at that young age, with so much more creating and playing ahead of them.
Here is the statement by Joshua:
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 neice, 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.
Yours in Music,
CBS2Chicago Reported a whole story about known suicide threats and a whole week of being missing before Charlie Cooper’s body was found with out life.
Cooper left the residence, located near 1400 N. Milwaukee Ave., before midnight on Jan. 21 and had no contact with friends or family members since, police said. He reportedly has a history of threatening suicide, but did not make such threats last week.
“Back in October, he took off for Louisiana, where he is from, for a month,” a Grand Central Area detective said Sunday.
Cooper was found Monday in the 2300 block of north Lawndale Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Pronouncement information was not available and an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday to determine the cause and manner of death.
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