- 29 Mar 19
The musicians' record label has released a statement concerning the deaths of both band members as well as their tour manager.
The Liverpool indie band Her's, comprised of Stephen Fitzpatrick and Audun Laading, died in a fatal car accident in Arizona on Wednesday. The news comes from a statement released by the band's record label Heist Or Hit, which also reports the band's tour manager, Trevor Enngelbrektson, was killed in the same incident.
The band was travelling approximately 350 miles from Pheonix, Arizona to Santa Ana, California as part of their US tour when the accident occurred.
Local reports stated a vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 10 collided with a van carrying three people shortly after 1am local time, resulting in the death of four passengers total.
Police could not confirm the identities of those killed, while a spokesman said the release of information about the crash would be delayed as a result of "almost all evidence being lost in the fire".
"The bodies are not identifiable and we are relying on the Medical Examiner's office to help with positive identification," added the spokesman.
Her’s label stated the band was embarking on their second tour of North America, playing 19 shows after last year's release of their debut album Invitation To Her’s.
The statement said: “We are all heartbroken. Their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define our label. As humans, they were warm, gentle and hilarious. Each time they stopped by the office made for an uplifting experience.
“To say they were close would be an underestimation of a friendship that was genuinely beautiful to witness; they loved one another like brothers. Musically, Her’s were astonishing. An aptitude for melody, fun, and entertainment combined with a complexity that was as sophisticated as it was stylish.
Fitzpatrick, originally from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, met Laading, originally from Kristiansand, Norway, while studying at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts.
Fans expressed their devastation on social media following the deaths.
"Their music helped me on my darkest days," one wrote on Twitter. "I don't know them personally but they've helped me a lot. All my condolences to the families and friends of Her's."
their music helped me on my darkest days. I don't know them personally but they've helped me a lot. All my condolences to the families and friends of Her's.
I'm so sad. pic.twitter.com/kEwp44tVXT
— dadchi's thick thighs (@sibintaaang) March 29, 2019
It’s completely devastating about Her’s. Not only were they lovely people, they possessed all the talent in the world. They were really on the cusp of something great - which is the worst part. Just wish the world would have had these dudes for much longer, life is so cruel. 💔
— JT (@jamiemthompson_) March 29, 2019
"It's completely devastating about Her's" wrote another. "Not only were they lovely people, they possessed all the talent in the world. They were really on the cusp of something great - which is the worst part."