Pete de Freitas
Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas (2 August 1961 – 14 June 1989) was an English musician and producer. He was the drummer in Echo & the Bunnymen, and performed on their first five albums.
Pete de Freitas
|Birth name||Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas|
|Born||2 August 1961|
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
|Died||14 June 1989 (aged 27)|
Longdon Green, England
|Genres||Post-punk, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||Echo & the Bunnymen, The Wild Swans, The Sex Gods|
De Freitas was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and educated by the Benedictines at Downside School in Somerset, south-west England. His father, Denis, was a copyright lawyer. He joined the Bunnymen in 1979, replacing a drum machine.
In 1985, de Freitas temporarily left the band. He spent several months drinking in New Orleans, while attempting to form a new group, The Sex Gods. By 1987 he returned to the Bunnymen to record their fifth album, though only as a part-time member. He was married in the same year and his daughter Lucie Marie was born in 1988.
He died in a motorcycle accident in 1989 at the age of 27, on his way to Liverpool from London. He was riding a 900cc Ducati motorcycle on the A51 road in Longdon Green, Staffordshire and was in collision with a motor vehicle at approximately 16:00. His ashes are buried in Goring-on-Thames.
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