One of the two members of the Chicago based, electronic group Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on Thursday, January 22nd. Charlie Cooper III was 31 years of age. ‘Immolate Yourself,’ the groups third studio album was released one day later on Bpitch Control.
Little has been released on the exact details of how Cooper died. His friend and partner Joshua Eustis posted the following message on the group’s MySpace page. He’s accomplished a lot in his short career. The industry will surely miss him.
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,