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Barry Fey's reported cause of death, funeral service, memorial plans

The memories and tributes continue to pour in following news of legendary Denver rock promoter Barry Fey's death over the weekend.

Neither his family nor the authorities in Arapahoe County, where he passed away, have addressed reports that Fey took his own life -- information that echoes what we're hearing from multiple sources. Details are expected later this week, after a private funeral service slated for today, and a public memorial is in the works.

As quoted by CBS4, the first news agency to state that Fey committed suicide, Arapaohoe County coroner Michael Doberson says an autopsy has been completed, but results aren't being issued at this point at the request of the family. Doberson expects a full release of the information by Thursday.

Prior to his death, Fey was recovering from hip surgery. His Facebook page features the following photo, posted April 2:

The text accompanying the shot reads, "Here is Barry doing good on the stairs. This was before the fall. But I am sure he will be back up on those stairs any day now!"

A subsequent post from April 24 informed Facebook friends that Fey was home and doing well. Then, silence until yesterday, when the following popped up:

THANK YOU FOR THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME. WE ARE FINDING YOUR STORIES AND COMMENTS VERY COMFORTING. IT IS NICE TO KNOW HOW MANY LIVES OUR DAD TOUCHED.

ALAN, GEOFF, JEREMY & TYLER FEY
The note was followed a few hours later by this one:
WE CONTINUE TO BE COMFORTED BY THE AMOUNT OF THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS WE'VE RECEIVED OVER THE LAST 24 HRS. THE FAMILY WILL BE HOLDING A PRIVATE FUNERAL AND ASK THAT YOU RESPECT OUR PRIVACY DURING THIS TIME. WE WILL BE PLANNING A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IN THE COMING DAYS AND WILL LET EVERYONE KNOW, SO THAT YOU CAN CELEBRATE WITH US THE AMAZING THINGS HE ACCOMPLISHED.
Many folks aren't waiting to salute Fey, including a number of famous ones. An example found on Fey's personal Facebook page is this nod from Ozzy Osbourne:
Barry Fey was a gentleman and a great friend. He was the first U.S. promoter to believe in Black Sabbath and gave us our first American tour. The music world has lost a great man. My heart goes out to his family.
By the way, Fey's family asks that in lieu of flowers, folks donate to the Preserve the Rocks Fund. Here's how to do so, as posted by Fey's family:
Preserve The Rocks Fund Arts & Venues Denver 1245 Champa St Denver, CO 80204

Red Rocks Amphitheatre is one of the most iconic entertainment venues in the world. Set in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the beauty of this natural amphitheatre is matched only by the acoustically perfect sound.

For more than 70 years, fans of all music, from opera and rock to classical and pop, have filled Red Rocks to see the greats.

And, while the rocks have been thousands of years in the making, it doesn't take long for the venue to become worn down. The wear and tear of 9,000 fans a night requires constant management and upkeep.

We invite you to keep the memories and history of the venue alive by supporting its future.

Among the maintenance and operations supported by Preserve the Rocks:

Restoration of the historic Trading Post building, built in 1931

Expanded exhibit space in the Red Rocks Visitors Center

Maintenance and preservation of Red Rocks backstage dressing rooms and catering facilities

Maintenance of surrounding parking lot and park facilities

Donations may now be accepted by mail:

Preserve the Rocks Fund Arts & Venues Denver 1245 Champa Street Denver, CO 80204

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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