ALEX KIRST, the American musician who was the drummer for glam rock band The Nymphs and who later became a member of Iggy Pop's band, has been killed in a hit-and-run accident in the desert outside Cathedral City, California, reports the Los Angeles Times. Kirst was struck on the night of 13th January 2011 and pronounced dead a short time after, he was 47 years old.
The local police say that he was hit by either a Chevy Tahoe or a Gmc Yukon and that the vehicle in question will have damage to the passenger-side front hood, bumper and headlight grill. Sgt Paul Herrera said, "We have no evidence of any braking. The driver made no attempt to stop and fled the scene". The drummer was discovered when a passer-by spotted him lying at the side of the road and called the police after assuming he was drunk. The Nymphs had moderate success in the late 1980's and after signing to Geffen Records they released their only album in 1991. After the group disbanded, Kirst went on to form 'The Trolls' with his brother Whitey Kirst and Pete Marshal, who later became recognised as Iggy Pop's band. In 2001, the Stooges frontman released his solo album 'Beat Em Up', which was the first to credit Kirst and The Trolls.
The band's bassist Lloyd 'Mooseman' Roberts, a former member of Ice-T's group 'Body Count', was murdered in a drive by shooting shortly before Iggy and the group were due to head off on a US tour.