Bill Rieflin dead: R.E.M drummer dies aged 59 as bandmate reveals star’s final moments


“He was delighted to see such great friends and gather at his favorite weird Chinese-American diner.”

Illustrating the time he first met Bill, Michael continued: “A forever memory is decades old, when I beforehand met Bill at a late night Policeman’s bar in Seattle, sat at a greasy table go on a toot scotch, and we listened to ‘Birdland’ off the jukebox in reverent silence and awe.

“His attentiveness to that tune then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Beak— which commenced to create some magical and beautiful collaborations and subsistence long friendships.”

He went on to say: “And so to Bill now, he is among all the fine points of the comets and we are looking up with love and with our own reverence for his beauty, his humor, his continual curiosity and of course his incredible musical ear, his time here with us so alembicated and golden.”

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