In news earlier today, Aussie rockers Thirsty Merc have tragically lost their stage manager to a car accident in regional Victoria, which also landed drummer Mick Skelton in hospital with serious injuries.
Stage manager Shane Cooper and Skelton were driving to a show in Warrnambool for part of their recent tour for new album, Shifting Gears when they collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle involved was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The remaining members of the band were travelling in a separate vehicle.
The band released the following statement via their facebook earlier today:
With the heaviest of hearts, we share this utterly tragic news. While in transit to our show yesterday, our Stage Manager, Shane, and Touring Drummer, Mick, were involved in a horrific car accident which killed Shane and seriously injured Mick. The band is absolutely shattered. We have returned to Melbourne to stay near Mick who is in ICU and are rescheduling the rest of this week’s shows. No further decisions have been made and we will let everyone know about future shows as soon as we can. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Shane and Mick’s Families in this time.