Metallica Pays Tribute to Project Manager Killed in Paris Attacks

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James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo of Metallica pose for a portrait during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festiva in Toronto, Canada.

Thomas Ayad, an international project manager working for Mercury as part of Universal Music France, was killed on Nov. 13 when terrorists gunned down at least 80 people within Paris' Le Bataclan theater during an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Since then, tributes to Ayad have been pouring in from artists who worked with him, including Justin Bieber, Keith Richards and, of course, Eagles of Death Metal. Today, Metallica posted their homage to Ayad on their Facebook page.

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"We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had the official title of being our 'project manager,' we knew him as a member of our Metallica family, a fan, a friend . . . and a warm, helpful, supportive familiar face each time we visited France. Friday we lost Thomas, at the Bataclan theatre, in a way that none of us can begin to comprehend. Our thoughts are with Thomas’ friends, family, co-workers and all Parisians during these very difficult times," Metallica wrote on Facebook. 

We had great fortune to work with Thomas Ayad at Universal Music France for the past eight years and while Thomas had...

Posted by Metallica on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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