Barry Fey cause of death confirmed, foundation and Red Rocks statue campaign launched
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.
Big photos below.
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:
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.
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.
A photo of Fey from the foundation Facebook page.
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 But while that language is still online, Tyler Fey, one of Barry's sons, tells us the deal was withdrawn after the family learned Fey had a partner in the book deal who might have collected a portion of the money.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.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."
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.
Continue for previous coverage about Barry Fey's passing.