News has come out that Pat Elliott, original drummer of ska-rock act the Impossibles, passed away on May 8, 2015, at St. David’s North Hospital in Austin, Texas, surrounded by family and friends. He was 34. According to multiple accounts, Elliott—who had battled alcohol addiction earlier in his life which had weakened many of his organs—had recently hurt his back while working and was taking ibuprofen for the pain, which caused a kidney infection that ultimately led to systemic organ failure.
The Impossibles formed in Austin in 1994, when Elliott was only 13 years old. The band were one of the first groups to work with Fueled By Ramen, years before the label would explode into the mainstream through Fall Out Boy and Paramore. Elliott played drums on all of the Impossibles’ recorded output before eventually being kicked out of the band in 2001. (The band broke up the following year.)
Elliott later moved to San Francisco, where he played with a number of bands, most notably the Family Crest. He came back to Austin in 2011, where he lived until his untimely passing. In lieu of flowers, Elliott’s family has requested that donations be send to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Pat Elliott.
To see Elliott in happier days, watch a performance from the Impossibles’ summer 2000 tour with Less Than Jake: