I'm unsure of the cause of death, but Derek's Facebook page is being flooded with goodbyes. Derek most recently played guitar with Seattle band the Sick Secrets.

I remember him most from the days when Fallout Records was still open, the Briefs were playing almost every weekend, and Pho Bang was still a monthly night at the Sit & Spin. During one Pho Bang, Derek chased me around wearing only womens bedroom slippers and a diaper. I can't remember why he was chasing me, but it was something fun, funny, and totally absurd. Derek was really funny. RIP, friend.

Self portrait with The Coathangers, Capitol Hill Block Party 2012
  • Self portrait with The Coathangers, Capitol Hill Block Party 2012