Sub Pop Records VP of sales and marketing Andy Kotowicz died in Seattle from injuries sustained in an Oct. 21 car accident. He was 37.

Since arriving at the label in 2000, Kotowicz served as A&R rep for such acts as Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Pissed Jeans, Fruit Bats, Vetiver and Comets on Fire.

Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm, who also works for Sub Pop, remembers Kotowicz as a "super passionate, dedicated guy" who was confident in his bands and gave them creative freedom.

Prior to joining Sub Pop, Kotowicz held a marketing position at Koch Distribution, a job he had accepted right before Sub Pop head Jonathan Poneman first contacted him about a job. "It speaks to what a loyal, dedicated and reliable guy Andy was that he didn't want to skip out on the Koch team," Poneman says.

David Orleans, GM of Alternative Distribution Alliance and a longtime friend and colleague of Kotowicz's, says turning down initial overtures from Sub Pop must have been especially difficult for him.

"Jonathan was one of his idols," Orleans recalls. "He couldn't believe his good fortune when he did get to Sub Pop and he always did right by them."

Kotowicz got his start in music working at indie retailer Schoolkids Records in Ann Arbor, Mich., and later went on to work at Spongebath Records in Murfeesboro, Tenn., and Razor & Tie in New York.

He is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Boyea; his daughter, Anna; his parents Bill and Michele Kotowicz; his sister, Madeline; and his grandparents Frances and James Whittaker.

A Sound Community Bank account is now available to accept donations for Andy Kotowicz's family. Please make checks payable to the Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation. Any donations can be mailed here:

Andy Kotowicz Family Foundation
c/o Sub Pop Records
2013 Fourth Ave, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98121

Or checks can be delivered to Sound Community Bank at one of the locations listed here:

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