Pete de Freitas
|Pete de Freitas|
|Born||Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas
2 August 1961
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
|Died||14 June 1989
Longdon Green, England
Peter Louis Vincent de Freitas (2 August 1961 – 14 June 1989) was a musician and producer. He was the drummer in Echo & the Bunnymen, and performed on their first five albums.
De Freitas was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, and educated by the Benedictines at Downside School. His father, Denis, was a copyright lawyer. He joined the Bunnymen in 1979, replacing a drum machine.
In 1985, de Freitas temporarily absconded from 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 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. De Freitas was survived by his only daughter Lucie-Marie de Freitas. His ashes are buried in Goring-on-Thames.
- Maureen Duffy. "Obituary: Denis de Freitas". The Guardian.
- "Paul Du Noyer interviews Echo & The Bunnymen". Pauldunoyer.com.
- "The Day the Music Died – Les MacDonald – Google Books". Books.google.co.uk.
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