Pink Martini drummer, Derek Rieth, dies

Pink Martini drummer, Derek Rieth, dies

PORTLAND, Ore. – Derek Rieth, the drummer for Pink Martini, has died.

He was 43 years old.

Portland police said the Oregon State Medical Examiner concluded that Rieth committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Police found a shotgun at the scene.

Police said they were called to a home in the 5100 block of Southeast Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard around 8 p.m. Wednesday after someone called them concerned about Rieth. He had not been heard from for several hours.

The music group released a statement saying they will soldier on with their concert at the Oregon Zoo Friday night.