Oakland musician Dave Deporis, 40, was tragically killed on Wednesday (Aug. 9) afternoon while pursuing a thief who stole his computer, SFGate reports. According to witnesses, he was sitting outside a local cafe when someone snatched his laptop, which contained all of his music, and jumped into a red Audi SUV. After chasing the thief and grabbing onto the side of the getaway vehicle, Deporis was briefly dragged along the road and then run over. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. No arrests have been made in the incident at press time.
Friends are planning a celebration of his life on Sept. 9 at Sol Gate Studios in Oakland, California.
— regina spektor (@respektor) August 10, 2017
— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) August 10, 2017
My tears overflow with the passing of the incredible @youhavepowers . #DaveDeporis was playing the Sidewalk Cafe in New York in 1999 and 2000 when I first started playing the open mic there. He wrote a song with a pencil in his guitar and I loved the song so much and wrote "Disappear" with a pencil in my guitar too but my song wasn't as pretty as his. Ever. He raged. He wandered. He sang so pretty he could break my heart in half and soften the walls I'd built around myself.. I had so many hopes for him and for his music. He never put anything out cause he was always recording and re-recording and editing songs, changing them time over again... but in all their iterations they were beautiful. He was a punk. Other. A true original. He was my friend. I am so sad. See you in the spheres, dear David. #SwanKing ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
This article originally appeared on Stereogum.