As previously reported, all five members of the band were able to escape once they heard gunshots ring out about an hour into their set, but Alexander, who was in the venue manning the merchandise booth, was not so fortunate. He is the first reported British citizen to die in the various attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday.
Alexander, 36, was a veteran merch manager who had worked for rock bands like Sum 41, Forever the Sickest Kids, Panic! At the Disco, and Underoath. Although as of this writing Eagles of Death Metal have not issued any comment since a Friday evening Facebook post saying they were “still currently trying to determine the safety and whereabouts of all our band and crew,” Alexander’s family has released the following official statement:
“It is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night. Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone’s best friend – generous, funny and fiercely loyal. Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.”