Nick Alexander, a British man who sold merchandise for the California rock band Eagles of Death Metal, was among those killed at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Friday during the terrorist attacks that shook the city.
Alexander apparently died when gunmen took control of the performance venue and opened fire, killing scores of people. The Eagles of Death Metal were playing a concert at the Bataclan at the time, but members of the band managed to escape the hall.
In a statement sent to the British press, Alexander’s family said that “it is with huge sorrow that we can confirm that our beloved Nick lost his life at the Bataclan last night.”
They said that he “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.”
Patrick Hutchinson, live recording engineer for the Eagles of Death Metal, said on Saturday that Alexander was “a very nice fellow.... What happened is tragic. Horrible.”
The band, which hails from Palm Desert, was in Paris as part of a European tour. The Independent reported that Alexander was 36 and was from Colchester, Essex.
Musicians, including California band Best Coast, guitarist from Fall Out Boy Joe Trohman, and drummer for the Black Keys Patrick Carney took to social media to memorialize Alexander.
It is estimated that 89 people were killed at the Bataclan on Friday. It was one of several sites in Paris targeted by terrorists, whose rampage throughout the city resulted in a death toll that stands at 129.
Times staff writer Louis Sahagun contributed to this report.
MORE ON PARIS ATTACKS