Travis Nelsen, the longtime Okkervil River drummer, has died
(Credit: Okkervil River Travis Nelsen)

Travis Nelsen, the longtime Okkervil River drummer, has died

Travis Nelsen, the former drummer of indie rock group Okkervil River, has died. 

The band confirmed the news through their official social media, writing: “Travis Nelsen, Okkervil River’s drummer from 2003-2010, passed away on Tuesday.” They added: “He was a radiant, hilarious, charismatic, generous, passionate human being with a heart that was completely open.” 

While the band have not revealed the cause of Nelsen’s death, his family have asked to donate to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians in his honour.

Read the full statement, below.

“Travis Nelsen, Okkervil River’s drummer from 2003-2010, passed away on Tuesday,” the band said. “He was a radiant, hilarious, charismatic, generous, passionate human being with a heart that was completely open and his special power was his ability to wrap his friends in love and to hurl himself out into the world with everything he had. And he played drums like no other person on earth.

“If you ever saw him play live you remember it – maybe more than anything else about the show. He was very very deeply loved by everyone in the Okkervil River family and by so many others. His family has very generously asked that in his honour you donate to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians or @myhaam, a wonderful organization that offers health care to working musicians living in Austin. The link is in our bio. Please offer your fond memories of Trav below. I know he would have gotten a big kick out of them.”

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Travis Nelsen, Okkervil River’s drummer from 2003-2010, passed away on Tuesday. He was a radiant, hilarious, charismatic, generous, passionate human being with a heart that was completely open and his special power was his ability to wrap his friends in love and to hurl himself out into the world with everything he had. And he played drums like no other person on earth. If you ever saw him play live you remember it – maybe more than anything else about the show. He was very very deeply loved by everyone in the Okkervil River family and by so many others. His family has very generously asked that in his honor you donate to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians or @myhaam, a wonderful organization that offers health care to working musicians living in Austin. The link is in our bio. Please offer your fond memories of Trav below. I know he would have gotten a big kick out of them. Love you forever Big Trav. #riptravisnelsen

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