There’s been an outpouring of grief from the music world after American musician Dave Deporis was killed while chasing after a thief who stole his laptop, which allegedly contained all of his music.
As SFGate reports, the beloved local muso was sitting outside a local cafe when someone snatched his computer and took off in an SUV.
Deporis reportedly gave chase on foot, grabbing onto the side of the mobile getaway car in a desperate attempt to get his music back.
The 40-year-old was dragged along the road and then run over by the fleeing thief, being pronounced dead at a nearby hospital a short time later.
Police have yet to make any arrests in relation to the horrific incident.
Meanwhile, Deporis is being remembered as an “experimental Bob Dylan”, who would often “throw singer-songwriter conventions to the wind in the pursuit of his art”.
High-profile artists including Regina Spektor, Anohni and Kimya Dawson have taken to social media to pay tribute to his memory. View their tributes, below.
— reginaspektor (@respektor) August 10, 2017
Now everything you ever were. Swirling in it all as always.
Forever in peace Dave Deporis. Thanks for the music. ❤️https://t.co/b2AJhX1hcS
— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) August 10, 2017
My tears overflow with the passing of the incredible @youhavepowers . #DaveDeporis was playing the Sidewalk Cafe in New York in 1999 and 2000 when I first started playing the open mic there. He wrote a song with a pencil in his guitar and I loved the song so much and wrote "Disappear" with a pencil in my guitar too but my song wasn't as pretty as his. Ever. He raged. He wandered. He sang so pretty he could break my heart in half and soften the walls I'd built around myself.. I had so many hopes for him and for his music. He never put anything out cause he was always recording and re-recording and editing songs, changing them time over again… but in all their iterations they were beautiful. He was a punk. Other. A true original. He was my friend. I am so sad. See you in the spheres, dear David. #SwanKing ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨