Charlie Cooper (at left in the photo), from the band Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on 22 January 2009. His bandmate, Joshua Eustis, has posted a message on the band's MySpace page:
"It breaks my heart to inform you all that Charlie Cooper, my better half in Telefon Tel Aviv, passed away on January 22nd," he says.
"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 niece, 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."
Update 2/2: According to CBS2 Chicago, Charlie went missing on the evening of 21 January following an argument with his girlfriend. His body was found the following Monday in the 2300 block of north Lawndale Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death.
Telefon Tel Aviv's MySpace