Solo artist and Beasts Of Bourbon bassist Brian Hooper has died, after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.
Hooper, who also played with the likes of Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard and Kim Salmon & The Surrealists, passed away this morning, his partner Ninevah Hooper confirmed in a statement (below) on Facebook.
“Brian’s ship peacefully sailed this morning,” she wrote. “I was with him during that departure. It’s the hardest thing a partner could ever do but to say good bye.
“I told my three year old twins that mummy and drs could no longer bring daddy home. Daddy was flying away like [a] free bird in the blue sky.”
Hooper, who first joined Beasts Of Bourbon in 1990, performed his final show with Beasts Of Bourbon at a Melbourne benefit concert held in his honour last week.
A benefit concert will also be held for Hooper’s family at Perth’s Gate One Theatre in Claremont Showgrounds tonight, 20th April — details here. A GoFundMe page has also been arranged for anyone wishing to donate.
Watch footage from the Melbourne show, below.
Ninevah Hooper Statement (Via Facebook)
Brian’s ship peacefully sailed this morning. I was with him during that departure. It’s the hardest thing a partner could ever do but to say good bye.
I told my three year old twins that mummy and drs could no longer bring daddy home. Daddy was flying away like s free bird in the blue sky.
Ava, Charlize, Matthew, Nina and Lana are all grieving the loss of their beautiful father. The Haddad and Hooper family are also experiencing their pain.
Cinzia Cozzolino and Michelle Rowe also cherish their memories of Brian.
Thank you for the support.