Todd Simko, Guitarist for Pure, Producer, Engineer, Dead at 45

Todd Simko who played with the band Pure (Photo: Adam PW Smith)

From Billboard Magazine:

Vancouver record producer, engineer and musician Todd Simko, who worked with such acts as Xavier Rudd and Marcy Playground and whose own band Pure was signed in the 90s to Reprise and Mammoth, is presumed to have drowned after going missing on Sunday. His body has not been found. but family and close friends have confirmed his death. He was 45.

“A witness saw him on a low level bridge and said that he had gone in the river,” a close friend told Billboard. “Another witness said they saw him going under from the currents and the police say that they may never find the body because the current in that area is so strong. How he got in the water is the mystery.”

His Facebook page is filled with message after message from musicians, colleagues, friends and fans expressing their gratitude, condolences and love for him, his work and the music he created.

Simko’s long-time friend and Pure singer, Jordy Birch, posted “Thanks for lending me all of your cool New Wave records when we were kids. You were my brother. I will miss you forever. R.I.P.”

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