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Local musician dies from tragic accident at night club on Highland

Local musician dies from tragic accident at night club on Highland
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POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 3:57pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 5:52pm

A Baton Rouge musician died over night from a tragic accident.

“It appears that he accidentally grabbed a power line and was electrocuted,” Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Baton Rouge Police Department, explained. “From our preliminary investigation, we believe it was an accident and there was no foul play involved.”

Emergency responders were called to a nightclub located on Highland Road at roughly 3:00 a.m. When they arrived, they found the victim, Dan Thompson, 34, on the roof of the building suffering from injuries consistent with electrocution.

“There’s nothing to suggest this was anything more than a terrible accident,” Cpl. McKneely added.

Thompson, who is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio, was a musician who performed with a number of local bands and was a supporter of live music.

“He was a wonderful person,” Sam Terito, former bandmate and close friend, said. “One of the most genuine and real people I ever met. And probably one of the greatest drummers that ever sat behind a kit. Jazz, rock, country, metal - not a whole lot of people who can touch any base, but he never had a problem.”

Thompson’s family members from Ohio are expected to arrive in Baton Rouge over the weekend to make the final arrangement for the memorial/funeral service.

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