According to Billboard.biz, Pat Egan of Relapse Records died over the weekend due to complications from pneumonia. The director of retail sales and marketing previously worked at Energy Records and Pavement Records, among others.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman called Egan "one of the most passionate and positive people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. For someone who worked in this often thankless music business for as long as he did, Pat always loved what he did and always expressed that to everyone around him. Pat was someone who tied people together and we will all miss him immensely."
Relapse VP/label manager Reynold "Rennie" Jaffe wrote on Facebook: "Beyond being a coworker of mine for the better part of a decade, Pat was one of my best friends. Pat would make you pull your hair out with his famously relentless ball-busting. But that was always somehow okay, because never have I met a bigger heart. That sounds cliché to write in a moment like this, but with this guy it was really true. The last time I saw Pat, he dragged two two-foot-tall porcelain Disney princess dolls to a PIG DESTROYER show for me to give my daughter — not the most brutal of grind accoutrements, but somehow that really sums Pat up in this moment for me."
"A lot of you know him as Relapse's salesman, the face of the label to retail," he added. "But he was also one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met in an industry not always known for warmth."
Egan is survived by his wife, Melinda and daughter, Katie.
Services will be held Friday, February 22 at New York's Lindenhurst Funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward his daughter’s college fund, care of:
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