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Nov. 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Jerry Fuchs dead after elevator shaft fall

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A musician who played with the rock bands LCD Soundsystem, !!! and The Juan MacLean died after falling down a New York elevator shaft, police said.

Drummer Jerry Fuchs, 34, plummeted five stories Sunday after he attempted to climb out of a freight elevator that became stuck in a Brooklyn building, the New York Post reported.

Although another man who was with Fuchs leaped and landed safely, the Georgia-born musician's clothing apparently got caught on the lift as he was jumping, dragging him back under it, the Post said.

"We found him in the elevator shaft," Fuchs's roommate Alex Frankel told the newspaper. "He was no longer able to speak."

Frankel said Fuchs, who also performed with the band Maserati, had called friends shortly before he fell to tell them he was stuck in the elevator after attending an event to benefit The Uniform Project, a charity that aids the impoverished children of India.

He died of his injuries at Bellevue Hospital at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, the Post said.

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Travolta: Faith is helping us cope

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood star John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston say they are relying on their faith in Scientology to help them cope with the death of their son Jett.

Jett Travolta, who was autistic, died last January at the age of 16 after suffering a seizure during a family vacation in the Bahamas.

"We've been working very hard every day as a family to heal," USA Today quoted Travolta as telling reporters in Los Angeles during the weekend. "We have our own way of doing it, and it has been helping."

"(The) outpouring of love from, really, worldwide has been extraordinary," Preston said. "It's been our friends, our family, our church. We partake in spiritual counseling pretty much daily. ... It's a tricky thing. Sometimes, something that's right for the moment is not right the next day. Being with people who are important to you, being with people that you love, I think that's what has primarily helped us the most. Sometimes, being alone, too."

Travolta and Preston took part in the round-table interviews to promote their new big-screen comedy "Old Dogs," which marks the film debut of their 9-year-old daughter, Ella. Usmagazine.com said these were the first interviews Travolta has given since his son died.

The family's new movie is set for release Nov. 25.

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John Mayer concert to air on Web

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist John Mayer is to be featured in an installment of the "Live on Letterman" Web cast concert series, CBS Interactive Music Group said.

Mayer's concert is to be presented exclusively by American Express from New York's Ed Sullivan Theater Nov. 19. It is to follow the taping of Mayer's appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman."

During the concert, Mayer is expected to perform songs from his fourth studio album "Battle Studies," which drops Nov. 17, as well as some of his most well-known hits, CBS said.

This exclusive performance is the fifth time the "Late Show" has used the historic Ed Sullivan Theater as a concert venue. Pearl Jam performed a live Web cast concert for the "Late Show" and CBS.com May 4, 2006; Elvis Costello and the Imposters did one May 14, 2007; Paul McCartney performed from atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee during his Web cast concert July 15, 2009; and Tim McGraw participated in a "Live on Letterman" Web cast event Oct. 12, 2009, the network noted.

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U.S. dance troupe to visit Israel

JERUSALEM, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- American choreographer Mark Morris and his dance troupe plan a series of six performances at the Tel Aviv Opera House, officials said.

The troupe collaborates with well known orchestras and musicians, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax and tabla player Zakir Hussain, Ynetnews.com said Monday.

The opening program, scheduled for Dec.29, is to include "Visitation" set to music by Beethoven, "All Fours" to music by Bartok and "V" to music by Schumann. Music by Mozart and the musical "Grand Duo" by Lour Rison is to be featured in the the second program, the Web site said.

Morris and his troupe last performed in Israel in 1996.

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