Faye Hunter, a North Carolina-based musician best known for her work as the bass player 1980’s jangle-pop band Let’s Active with Mitch Easter and Sara Romweber, died Saturday.
The 59-year-old died of apparent suicide, according to a blog post by David Menconi on the website of The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
UPDATE: Peter Holsapple of The Db’s reacts
Those of us who grew up with Faye also knew her as a sweet, droll and artistic friend who unintentionally served as something of a den mother and big sister to many of the younger musicians in town, myself included. … It is hard to imagine a world without Faye Hunter. We all wish we could have done more to help her, but we couldn’t.
Click here for the full text of Holsapple’s tribute.
Fidelitorium Recordings, Easter’s recording studio in Kernersville, N.C., on Sunday changed its profile picture to an old snapshot of Hunter and Easter on a front porch.
The bass player was a role model for many women in rock, including Laurie Stirratt, the former bassist in Blue Mountain and sister of Wilco bass player John Stirratt.
Laurie wrote on Facebook:
I’m saddened by the death of Faye Hunter. I didn’t know her personally but i was a fan and she was a role model for me. One of the few women bass players around at that time. She was an inspiration. RIP.
Hunter’s self-inflicted death comes on the heels of the April 15 suicide of Scott Miller, 53, the guiding light behind Game Theory and The Loud Family.