The death of Pink Martini drummer Derek Rieth has been ruled a suicide.
The 43-year-old percussionist was found dead at his home in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night (20Aug14), and the state's medical examiner has now concluded the musician died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The band's shows at Oregon Zoo on Friday (22Aug14) and Saturday (23Aug14) went ahead as planned without Rieth, and the group dedicated the performances to the late star.
Pink Martini posted a message on the band's Facebook.com page prior to the first concert assuring fans they would play the shows in their bandmate's honour, writing, "Thank you all for your kind words and support. Derek would want nothing more than for the show to go on. We’ll see you tonight and tomorrow at the zoo."
Rieth's death comes just weeks after the band was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in June (14).