Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Kills Himself | 101 KXL

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Kills Himself

Written by Brett Reckamp on August 22, 2014

Pink Martini’s percussionist is dead.  The Oregon State Medical Examiner says 43-year-old Derek Jordan Rieth shot himself in the head with a shotgun on Wednesday August 20th just after 8:00 p.m. Portland Police officers conducted a welfare check on Rieth and found him deceased in his home.  A shotgun was there and was seized as evidence. The popular Portland-based band decided to go ahead and play their two shows Friday and Saturday nights at the Oregon Zoo as scheduled saying Derek would have wanted the show to go on.

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