from punknews.org: Kris Roe of the Ataris has posted that drummer Derrick Plourde, formerly of the Ataris, Lagwagon, Bad Astronaut, RKL and Mad Caddies shot and killed himself on March 30th.
Kris wrote this for Derrick:
I would like to extend my love and respect to all of Derrick’s many friends and family, Joanne, Joey, Jessica, Snodgrass, Derrick’s Brother and Father, pretty much everyone in every band in Santa Barbara, just anyone who loved and cared about this guy as much as I did. This is one of those things in the back of your mind you kinda somewhat think could happen anytime then suddenly on the day you get that call it just doesn’t really seem real. We defintely take some things… some friendships for granted while we are alive, and then suddenly they’re gone. Derrick, I can assure you that tonight in Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of the world there are many glasses raised in your honor, Be well and we all love you always.