Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You are the owner of this article.
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit

Rest in peace, Todd Cooper

  • 0
Todd Cooper

Todd Cooper

Only the good die young, the cliche goes. This time, it’s true.

Todd Cooper, longtime drummer for The Worx and other Roanoke Valley bands, has died. In a bitter irony, a guy whose heart was as big as anyone I’ve ever known needed a new one.

Cooper died on Wednesday morning at University of Virginia Hospital, where he had recently received a mechanical heart and was on the list for a donor organ. He left behind his longtime companion and fiance, Susan Gibson, and countless friends and fans.

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements.

n February, Cooper was driving to a West Virginia gig with The Worx when he went into ventricular tachycardia, a near-fatal heart rhythm. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused by viral cardiomyopathy. Since then, Cooper has been unable to either work (he was employed at Blackwater Studio) or perform. - See more at: http://blogs.roanoke.com/cutnscratch/2013/11/todd-cooper-benefit-cd-party-set-for-wednesday/#sthash.aCxT1LE0.dpuf

In February 2013, Cooper was driving to a West Virginia gig with The Worx when he went into ventricular tachycardia, a near-fatal heart rhythm. He was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused by viral cardiomyopathy. Since then, Cooper has been unable to either work (he was employed at Blackwater Studio) or perform.

Tom Ohmsen, of Flat 5 Studio, where Cooper had worked in the past, called to remind me that the “Todd Cooper Benefit Project” CD is still out there. Sales from that CD had gone directly to Cooper, but now his fiance, Gibson – who has not been able to work while taking care of him – will receive the money.

Ohmsen’s band, Blue Mule, was scheduled for a Feb. 21 show with Harwell Grice Band at the Coffee Pot. That is now a benefit for Gibson, Ohmsen said.

It is, I am sure, the first of many such benefits to come in honor of a truly unique individual, a guy who was an instant and truly authentic friend to many, and a guy who was almost always happy.

Go buy the CD at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thetoddcooperbenefitproj.

Physical copies are available at Cooper's onetime employer, Stage Sound, 2240 Shenandoah Ave., N.W., 342-2040. We will add the names of other local retailers carrying the disc as that information becomes available.

Cooper also played drums for Mafia Track Suit, which has music available via mafiatracksuit.bandcamp.com and mafiatracksuit.bandcamp.com/merch/live-at-schooners-dvd-limited-edition-- with all the profit going to Gibson.

0 Comments

Stay up-to-date on what's happening

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

Sports Breaking News

News Alert