Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records, was killed while attending an Eagles of Death Metal concert at Le Bataclan on Friday during the Paris terror attacks, according to media reports.
Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge confirmed the sad news in a letter to staffers on Saturday.
Ayad, 34, was one of several UMG/Mercury team members who attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert, though he is currently the only confirmed casualty among the group, as all the band’s members survived the terrifying attack.
“Today is a dark day. We are a family. Let’s support one another as we grapple with the weight of this darkness,” wrote Grainge, who called the attacks “an unspeakably appalling tragedy.”
More than 100 fans were killed at the Bataclan after terrorists opened fire on the crowd. Grainge’s full note can be read below:
Today, I’m writing to you with a heavy heart.
We, like so many around the world, are struggling with last night’s horrific tragedy in France.
Paris is in our thoughts and prayers. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims as well as our fervent wishes for healing for all of those affected by this senseless violence.
This is especially painful and personal for all of us. As many of you know, the band Eagles of Death Metal is part of the UMe and Mercury France family. The band and its crew as well as our own teams from Mercury and other UMG staffs were present at the Bataclan theater for last night’s show.
At this point, we have confirmed that Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records lost his life in the attack on the theater. This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family.
We will update you further as information permits. In the meantime, please send all healing thoughts and prayers for those affected by this heinous act.
Today is a dark day. We are a family. Let’s support one another as we grapple with the weight of this darkness.