Barry Fey cause of death confirmed, foundation and Red Rocks statue campaign launched

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Big photos below.
Update below: On Tuesday, when family and friends of the late Barry Fey bid farewell to the legendary Denver rock promoter at a Capitol Hill memorial service, we noted that according to our sources, as well as CBS4, he had taken his own life; see our previous coverage below. That's now been confirmed by the Arapahoe County coroner, although some information has not yet been made public. In the meantime, a new foundation has been launched in his name, along with a nascent campaign to build a statue of Fey at Red Rocks.

Fey's loved ones continue to update his various Facebook pages, noting at one point this week that while most articles about his passing have said he was 73 at the time of his death, he was actually 74. The profile pic on his main page has also been changed. Here it is:

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Against this backdrop, coroner Michael Doberman ruled Fey's death suicide, although the method he used has not yet been shared "pending further studies." CBS4 reports that one of Fey's sons, who'd been living at a Cherry Hills Village home the promoter had been renting, discovered his body.

Fey had recently undergone hip surgery, and multiple sources tell Westword he'd been struggling with depression.

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A photo of Fey from the foundation Facebook page.
In the meantime, the Barry Fey Foundation made its Facebook debut on Monday. The specific goals of the organization are a bit vague at this point: His personal website notes that the "foundation has been set up by the family to benefit Colorado music programs. The Fey family is currently choosing the programs and will announce this shortly.

Update, May 3: The original version of this post noted a foundation offer of Backstage Pass, Fey's book, for each donation over $50. But while that language is still online, Tyler Fey, one of Barry's sons, tells us the deal was withdrawn after the family learned Fey had a partner in the book deal who might have collected a portion of the money. Tyler stresses that the family wants 100 percent of donations to go to causes his loved ones are still in the process of selecting. For that reasons, donors will not receive a copy of the book -- but Tyler says they should be secure in the knowledge that every dollar will go to a worthy organization.

Here's the description of Fey from the foundation Facebook page:

Barry Fey is a legend among promoters, a mensch among musicians, and a god-like figure to the audiences of his shows. He witnessed the birth of Rock-n-Roll and helped support many of Rocks's historic legends. Known as a promoter of the people, Barry would work to ensure high quality acts and low ticket prices. He would also be the one to eventually open Red Rocks for large concerts, putting Colorado on the map as a must see destination for national tours.

This page honors Barry's legacy by promoting his message of fighting for the underdog. Thank you all of for your support, and your endless efforts in helping progress Colorado music.

A date for a public Fey memorial is still pending. In the meantime, Jake Schroder, lead vocalist of the group Opie Gone bad, and regular National Anthem singer at Colorado Avalanche games, posted the following on his Facebook page: "Is anyone actively working on putting a statue of Barry Fey up at Red Rocks? If not, here I go."

Continue for previous coverage about Barry Fey's passing.


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rcreek76
rcreek76

Michael, Barry's book is called "BACKSTAGE PAST".  Please correct your article.

Michael J. Estes
Michael J. Estes

I vote for another EVIL HORSE FROM HELL! (Like the D.I.A. sculpture) Let's put 'em up all over the state & scare all the idiot christian fundamentalists back to Texas

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Welcome to the "land of the free, home of the brave" ..."greatest nation on earth" ... so fucking great that it's citizens can't wait to end their own miserable lives!


May 2, 2013

US suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

NEW YORK (AP) -- The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday.

The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suicide rate jumped 40 percent between 1999 and 2010.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If I were going to EVER take my own life, 

I'd shoot as many cops as I could 1st,  and die while unselfishly performing a much needed community service .

Rob French
Rob French

Abso...freakin'...lutely!!!!!!!!!

Harvey
Harvey

It's rumored that his suicide involved a gun. If that's true, the son who found his body should have the strongest voice in how Barry Fey should be remembered, because he's going to live with that memory forever.

Otherwise, no. Fey was a successful businessman. He didn't bring music to Colorado, money and the desire for profits did. I haven't seen one comment praising his philanthropy. I'd sooner praise the maintenance workers at Red Rocks for aiding in the preservation of that treasure while earning minimum wage, than a guy who got rich selling a product that people were hungry for anyway.

wh_hinch
wh_hinch

Go get em Jakie!  Yes, the man is a significant part of rock history and a quintessential part of local rock history in spite of what many may think of him as a person.  He was the first promoter to bring Zeppelin to the states for bejesus sakes, and most all super groups to Colorado.  He put the town on the map musically and immortalized Red Rock with Rock n Roll! Without him we all would have had a much different experience given international music, including the haters!

Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O'Brien

This guy did more for the local music scene than anyone I've ever heard about. Back in the Rainbow Music Hall days, Barry was truly a living legend and freakin rock star!

Mike Killmeyer
Mike Killmeyer

No...maybe we should have a statue of the Native Americans that used Red Rocks for the thousands of years before Barry Fey. Let's all take the long view here.

Squi Rrel
Squi Rrel

sure, why not, ever been to loveland? they put statues of all sorts of crap that don't need statues, bronze and copper all over that damn town.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

What, memorialize him for killing Tommy Bolin?! He was a very cruel business man, not the music hero so many believe. He was only a musical hero through threats and intimidation.

Kris Martinez
Kris Martinez

I think it's appropriate to honor someone who had such an impact in this way. All who have experienced the magic of seeing a musical performance on the Rocks should thank Barry Fey.

Noe De Leon
Noe De Leon

Recognizing Fey as a big music promoter...awesome. I just think it would be better to build a memorial for Colorado soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for this country instead. My opinion.

Tom Duryea
Tom Duryea

Death is death and life is life. Regardless, of how it begins or ends, nothing wrong with honoring him.

Eric McLean
Eric McLean

definitely, theres no question about it, he is a colorado music hero

Ian Errl
Ian Errl

No. Lets not reward the monopoly.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Clayton; Sorry, but I was here and part of this. Barry Fey may be a great guy, But there were many concert promoters at the time and Fey just out muscled them. I was going to Red Rocks concerts before Barry ever hit town. He was a real character , but he was not the Red Rocks Messiah.

Gil Henry
Gil Henry

We should have our own Walk of Fame at Red Rocks and Barry should be the first Star!

Jacqueline Calcagnino
Jacqueline Calcagnino

yes. WOW, some of you folks are cruel!!~ red rock does a fantastic job giving credit where credit is due... who cares that he took his own life, while here, he gave life to many!!~

Clayton Capra
Clayton Capra

Are you serious? Those baby boomers and thousands of young people had concerts and a place to go to because of him. He brought the concerts there that didn't want to come to Denver. Give credit where it's do, jeez....

Dennis Scott
Dennis Scott

N0. A statue is a bit much. Come on now.

Carol Allen
Carol Allen

Yes. Suicide or not. You don't know someone's circumstances that led to that decision.

Che Harness
Che Harness

I would have thought the Ticketmaster offices would be more appropriate.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If people commit suicide to end suffering, why do retrograde societies still consider death to be a "penalty" ?


Kelly Cooley
Kelly Cooley

Commending someone that killed themselves is wrong.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Harvey ... you have to give him credit for keeping Cheap Trick *out* of Colorado for decades.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Kevin O'Brien    That place had such excellent sound !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Steve Holmberg  

You ARE correct in many ways . His drug history is as notorious as his music career . If you 'know', and have read many admissions from former recording artists, dope was MAJOR source behind a large number of issues w/ Barry .

'Playing Red Rocks & getting paid in blow' .....

I do not 'know' but used to speak w/ a guy who 'DID' at a bar on 'The Hill', and the stories he'd tell most anyone who'd listen, were AMAZING !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Steve Holmberg ... you going to blame him for Candy Givins's overdose too ?

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay Our society considers suicide a crime, not an end to suffering. Caging people for life without parole is more of a penalty for society than for the criminal. Why does our retrograde society feed and treat murderers better than the poor?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kelly Cooley = amoral hypocrite has no qualms about commending those who kill OTHER PEOPLE ... by the 1000s.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey "Our society considers suicide a crime"

Fail!

@Monkey "Caging people for life without parole is more of a penalty for society than for the criminal."

Try it ... YOU in the cage and we in free society will let you know in a few decades how much pain we feel.

LOL!

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