Police say the longtime percussionist for Portland, Ore., band
has been found dead.
A police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon state medical examiner's office has determined that 43-year-old Derek Rieth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The death has been ruled a suicide.
Authorities said police officers found Rieth's body Wednesday night when they conducted a welfare check on behalf of someone who was concerned after not hearing from him for several hours. Sgt. Pete Simpson said a shotgun was found and taken as evidence.
The Oregonian newspaper reported that Rieth was a founding member of Pink Martini, playing everything from bongos to finger cymbals.