Spector 45 Bassist Adam Carter is Dead.

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Allison V. Smith
Adam Carter, just three months ago, performing at the memorial concert held for his Spector 45 bandmate Frankie Campagna at Club Dada.
Former Spector 45 bass player Adam Carter is dead of an apparent suicide. He was 27.

Details are still trickling in, but those close to Carter confirm that he was found dead this evening, 77 days to the date after his bandmate, Frankie Campagna, also committed suicide.

He'll be remembered for his rambunctious spirit and his fiery bass playing.

We'll have more information in the coming days, but, for now, we simply implore anyone reading this and themselves considering suicide to refer to the information available on the Texas Suicide Prevention website, or to call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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nick2012
nick2012

I hate to see stuff like this happen. I wish more people were informed of dual diagnosis treatment. I have heard many success stories about it. Hopefully this will help prevent tragedies like this from happening. http://www.westbridge.org

LogicSoDeveloped
LogicSoDeveloped

This kid had a major tar heroin addiction for as long i can remember, he was a supercool guy. But he had deeper problems affecting him. He constantly would down amounts of prescription benzo's, amphetamines, mdma, whatever was handed to him. He had been battling addiciton problems and in the end that is what led him to kill himself i believe.

mandolin picks
mandolin picks

What a tragic series of event. There’s been no posting about the details of his death. What really happened there? Was it a coincidence that he died after the similar event that occurred weeks before?

KatzMeow49
KatzMeow49

What about "Animal Anthony"? Is anyone giving him support? What are his plans now and how is he holding up......

Drew Hardwick
Drew Hardwick

I just spoke to him on 3/10/11 and he was saying that he was feeling pretty strong and not to worry.. Damn, Adam! You should nit have done it..

Drew Hardwick214-695-1618

BearBareDan
BearBareDan

I lived in athens georgia for a while, and there was an AMAZING place called Nuci's Space. It was set up by Nuci's mom, for Nuci and all his friends. Nuci chose to end his life as well, and though i never met him, I heard alot about him when I first moved to that town. Anyway, his mom set up this place in memory of him, and to hopefully provide mental health support to not just the musician community, but to everybody involved in these people's lives.Nuci's space is a non-profit club, rehearsal space and mental health hub. Most musicians can't afford health insurance, which in turn prevents them from possibly getting the help and support they need. This center provides almost free mental healthcare for musicians, and support for depression, which seems to hit everybody, but artists sometimes get hit harder or experience pain a little bit more intensed....I don't know, i do feel we need to get a support center like that for all the musicians in the dfw/denton area. i know I need it, i have been there myself, way too many times......and it's events like this that bring me back a bit...can't imagine leaving my son, my family, my band and all my friends, just like that. you can't ever take it back........Everyone needs to know about this, and the more this is dealt with instead of being pushed away like a dirty secret, the more that can be done. I would love to help out in any way, whether about gettting info about Nuci's space, or depression, or suicide.....life is hard, the world is mean, and it seems like evil always wins, but there is always someone somewhere willing to give a hug or a positive remark to keep us going. please google Nuci's Space, and maybe we can find a way to get a center like that going hereI will leave my email here, please don't spam or harass.Peace and love to all (TO ALL!!!)dansullivan07@yahoo.com

Da
Da

My heart breaks for the family and friends of these two artists and wonderful young men. Rest in peace.

TheresAlwaysHope
TheresAlwaysHope

I knew Adam casually through the music scene, though I saw him less frequently the last couple of years. The way he shared his love so warmly, while also wearing his torment on his sleeve, affected me deeply despite spending much less time with him than many others who’ve commented here. To their words, let me add this:

No one is beyond help, ever.

Adam couldn’t see that through his pain, just like he couldn’t see how much he gave those who love him even on his most difficult days.

The world is a worse place, not a better one, now that Adam is no longer among us.

I’m heartbroken by this news, even though having worked in mental healthcare I know neither I nor anyone else could have changed the outcome unless Adam allowed us to. And I know his close friends gave an immense amount over the years on numerous occasions when Adam found himself in bad places.

Still, if you feel hopeless and need help, you owe it to those who love you to ask again.

Any short-term burden of sitting with someone, either in person or even just over a quiet phone line, pales in comparison to the type of anguish Adam’s loved ones are going to suffer for a very long time, even though they bear no fault in his action.

If you can read this, you have the strength to call or text someone – anyone – and tell him or her that you just need to not be alone.

It may be easier to talk to someone you don’t know, too. Call the # Pete mentions above: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Robert and Dawn Fox
Robert and Dawn Fox

I am just a Mom who watched him grow when he was younger and played hockey. We had the honor of coaching and spending time with him for all those years. I never knew him as a bassist, I knew him as an awesome hockey player !!Dawn Fox (Cory Fox's Mom)

Suspect56
Suspect56

I was engaged to Adam in 2007 and just found out about this 5 minutes ago. I am shocked. Adam was a free and rebellious spirit who was full of passion, and who was in a lot of pain. I hope that he is free from everything that caused him so much anguish, and my love for him will always remain. I send my love to his family.

NEWBIE
NEWBIE

Maybe if everyone in Deep Ellum stopped doing all sorts of wierd drugs and being so f'n elitest and cool they'd be able to do more then get wasted and kill themselves! Playing music is cool, doing art is cool, but there needs to be something more substantial in people's lives to give them the drive to keep on living in this f#cked up planet. The base crowd in Deep Ellum is a bunch of losers and bar fly's...Everyone else comes in for the day and leaves to their yuppie-hoods. Deep Ellum needs a goal for everyone to be a part of. Anybody got any ideas/ comments?

Ben
Ben

To me Frankie's death was shocking, I would never have expected that of him. I hate to say it but I wasn't suprised by Adam's death. Adam was surrounded by love and a lot of positive people, something was eating at him years ago and he was getting progressively worse. I spent many late nights with both and with Frankie it was always upbeat, great conversations, we laughed a lot and talked about music and song writing and what was going on with each other personally. With Adam I was one of many constantly reassuring him of himself. I spent hours and hours listening to him complain, then telling him to go home, get some sleep and that things would be alright. There was something deep inside eating away at him and sadly enough not one of us save him, when we all knew he was on the verge. I believe Adam's death was inevitable, but still truly truly sad. The last time I saw him was Jan 1st, we were hugging each other and crying about Frankie...I had a strange feeling it would be the last time I would see my friend Adam as I no longer live in Dallas. Anthony, if you read this, I love you brother, stay strong, there's a lot of good in the world and it's all around you, just open your eyes and grab it. I miss Frankie incredibly and now Adam. RIP AC a part of my heart has died with you...

Firecat77
Firecat77

Music is God's gift to us, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven

anonymous1
anonymous1

Adam was there for me when it seemed everyone in the world was against me. He took me in, cheered me up, made me laugh, let me cry, and pretty much was one of the dearest hearts I've ever known. He would come help me whenever I called him, he would do that for anybody. He will be missed terribly.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I didn't know Adam; I only met him one time. And I hadn't been close to Frankie since I was in high school. Despite the fact that my own life is detached from the situation, it is breaking my heart to know that my close friends are going through an incredible amount of pain right now and knowing that I can't do anything to fix it. And it hurts to imagine how torn up they must be. They're all in my heart right now.

There is such a stigma against mental illness, even though 21 million Americans will suffer from depression in any given year. A lot of people don't want to admit depression and won't reach out for help because of that stigma. It's so sad that some people who commit suicide don't ever get the help they desperately need. And when you're in that dark place, it's difficult to understand that suicide isn't the answer. There's a great website that discusses how to spot signs of a suicidal person and gives tips on how to help -- http://www.helpguide.org/menta.... Not everybody shows signs, but some people do, and we can help. (I am in no way implying that this tragedy is somebody's fault, because it most certainly isn't.)

If you have the means, I encourage anybody to donate to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (nami.org) and Mental Health America (mentalhealthamerica.net), as they're great programs that try to ensure that those in need get help. (And if you are in a dark place, NAMI has community meetings that are very supportive and helpful.) I've supported both organizations for a long time, and every single dollar counts. You may not see anything come out of your donation, but you may be helping prevent a tragedy like this, so maybe somewhere out there, there's not a person who is in as much pain as most of you are right now.

Afton Renee
Afton Renee

My first days in college at Brookhaven College I look on the wall and see a poster for Fallen From The Nest and turn to my friend Jason Steak and say FFTN .. Who are they? He says that is cool that I shortened it to FFTN and then this dude with pink hair and a guitar joins us. I have only seen him off the Brookhaven Catalog in a picture playing piano - I thought it was interesting so I drew it myself Jason said he was taking classes with him and it was break time… He is in the class with Jason and starts talking about classical music .. I had never seen a guy with pink hair before or such a big smile. He was married at this time but I was not looking for that type of connection back then just friends and a fellowship of other artist. We kept bumping into each other over the years. The last time I saw him I had gone to Fall out Lounge on a Monday night a few weeks ago. I was hungry and there was no way my date was going to eat with me or offer to so I got up walked to the pizza place next door. I looked over the menu and then looked up it was Adam playing with some kid and a woman in an old fashion dress sort of mommy pin up style.. I figured he was on a date so I went up to the counter. Adam came over to me gave me a hug and said don’t miss my last show in Deep Elum then he kissed my cheek and that was all. Now looking back I should have stayed there and talked to him, put him in my lap and said tell me what is going on – what will make you happy again.. Just as a fellow artist and friend. But no I walked out and now will never see him again.

PLEASE KEEP ME UPDATED ON THE MEMORIAL AND OR FUNERAL INFORMATION. Aftonclaiborne75@gmail.com

Jen
Jen

This is so incredibly upsetting. It makes me angry that two lives are just completely wasted. May sweet Adam rest in peace....but damn, man....why?

James Porter
James Porter

We all will miss you Adam, so many of us have worked with you in the music industry and its a real fucking shame what happened. To the first bass player of The Tah Dahs and many other bands, we love you and will miss you.

http://royivy.bandcamp.com/tra...

Jeffyv123
Jeffyv123

i cant stop crying Adam was the captain of my first Hockey team when we were both 12 years old. He had an amazing sense of humor and was a great hockey player as well. He will be dearly missed. To all of his friends and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

thebone
thebone

Memorial concert will be Wednesday, 3.23 at The Bone. Monies raised will be donated to suicide prevention. Details posted soon.

Heartbroken
Heartbroken

I'm so sad about this. I'm also sad to say that I wasn't surprised when I heard the news. Adam, you'll never know how much you and your smile meant to everyone. I hope you're at peace.

Dr. Bonifay
Dr. Bonifay

Man I wish I could say something more prolific. This f*ckin sucks. I wish we could all just talk about our insecurity's and not act on them. Maybe this was about more, maybe this was about less but a good person is gone none the less. R.I.P. Adam.

Jm
Jm

Adam, we will miss you man. I feel lucky to have been able to call you a friend.

Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony

I thought of commiting suicide the other day. I called the suicide hotline and I had to press "1" for English. I then got transfered to a call center in Pakistan. I told them that I was seriously considering suicide to which they got really excited and then asked me if I could drive a truck.

Shannon
Shannon

I cannot believe this is fucking happening again....

jay carter welke
jay carter welke

i am 11. i miss Adam a lot he was my cousinJay Carterwelke

TheresAlwaysHope
TheresAlwaysHope

Let me add that if you find yourself helping someone who’s severely depressed, anxious, or thinking about harming themselves, it’s important you seek professional help promptly. While you may help someone through their feelings temporarily, the problem will come back without proper care.

Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas provides help for people in crisis even if they don’t need to be hospitalized. Though weak government funding for mental healthcare limits their resources, they treat everyone the same regardless of their background, and can often help those without money access free treatment programs. They’re located at 75/Central and Forest Lane behind Medical City and you can go there 24/7 without an appointment. The phone number is (972) 770-0818.

If in doubt, call 9-1-1 and they will assist you.

Angela1234
Angela1234

I agree. They don't let people in and then start suffering from their own delusions of omni-importance. It's not reality man.

Scott
Scott

Newbie,

Well, it sounds like that you do care about Deep Ellum, and you want to find substance and meaning there. I'm also hearing that you would like to find a sense of community...a place where people feel welcomed and like they belong. It also sounds like you've looked for all these and might be frustrated because this hasn't been your experience in the neighborhood.

I heard you invite people to a dialog about this, so I would like to briefly share some of my experiences, if you'd be willing....

What I value in Deep Ellum is: creativity in all forms—food, music, art, poetry, and performance; a sense of community and connection; history and culture; entertainment (fun and play).

The people with which I choose to surround myself in Deep Ellum cherish these values as well, and cherish others who do. Supporting these values are our vision, and the driving force of many of our goals.

I too am saddened by the news of Adam, and I think I heard that in your response as well. I too would like Frankie and Adam's death to bring the neighborhood closer together, so that we can work even harder to realize the values I've mentioned.

If this is something that you truly want, and would like to engage the community, I have a few requests that I think will increase the likelihood of this happening and that would make it easier for everyone to hear and understand what you want.

The main thing I'd like to hear is specific observations that haven't worked for you in the neighborhood.

For instance:

-If you're aware of a "drug scene" of some kind, tell us what venues it is happening at and, if you can, what kind of drugs are involved. The more details, the better.

-If you have felt unwelcomed by certain people ("elitist"), tell us who or what groups contributed to this, and specifically what actions they could have taken to contribute to you feeling more welcomed.

-goals...the people I know have many and we share them weekly with those interested. If you have some specific goals in mind, we would be willing to hear them.

If you are going to tell us this, please also tell us in equally specific detail, what has worked for you in the neighborhood? Surely there is some reason you love the neighborhood or I don’t think you would be so passionate.

Specific observations, regarding both what hasn’t worked for you AND what has worked, will probably help others to connect better with what you are saying.

One final observation: realize that there are many who, like you, are passionate about the neighborhood and that hearing people in the neighborhood characterized as "losers", "elitist," "bar flies," and lacking substance, may not inspire the cooperation you seek from those who have similar aspirations as you. This is especially the case when so many of us are in mourning and feel such sadness over this event--still not having healed from the loss of Frankie.

I truly appreciate you wanting to start a dialog; at the same time, I'm unsure an article regarding the death of a loved one is going to be the place it is best received. If you would like to continue this dialog, I invite you to contact me. I will be willing to listen and to see if we can't find ways to get you more involved with the community, in a way that is satisfying to you. I don’t speak exclusively for the neighborhood, but I do participate in the community and know others who would be willing to hear what you have to say, under the right circumstances. Contact me by searching for Scott Ellum on Facebook.

Sincerely,

ScottDeep Ellum AdvocateA Founding Member of the Deep Ellum Enrichment Project (DEEP)

Andrew Stadtman
Andrew Stadtman

Newbie I find your comments about "the base crowd in Deep Ellum" to be very misinformed! Some of my better friends on this planet happen to be some very awesome people in Deep Ellum that do a Whole lot for the music community in Dallas. As far as your weird drugs comment goes you are obviously not a big music fan. As the late great Bill Hicks said "If you don't think drugs have done good things for us, then take all of your records, tapes and CD's and burn them" Here's a goal for Ellum Bring great shows in, promote the hell out of them , And make sure local talent is being showcased in the process! Getting back to the point Adam Was a great guy, a great Bass player ,And a good friend ! He would give someone the shirt off his back and never judged anyone!

Lindsey Henrie
Lindsey Henrie

Dear Newbie,

Why yes, I have ideas/comments, and I'll post by under my name to stand behind each word I type. It's possible that the intention behind your comment holds a little bit of weight, and I'm not discounting the idea of a positive community effort behind Deep Ellum (assuming that's what your suggested "goal for everyone to be a part of" is referring to). I am however, discounting YOUR specific input based on what seems to be a very tunneled and pocket-sized perspective of Deep Ellum that you barked. Where do you hail from? One of the "yuppie-hoods" that you referred to? Regardless, your remarks read ignorant. Let me be specific:

You said, "Maybe if everyone in Deep Ellum stopped doing all sorts of wierd drugs and being so f'n elitest and cool they'd be able to do more then get wasted and kill themselves!"

> Well Newbs, a quick Google search of "Deep Ellum" should provide some helpful information about the many other things that have happened and are currently happening in Deep Ellum. It may surprise you to learn that the Deep Ellum community is painted much differently than what your blanket assumption describes it as ("wierd drugs and being so f'n elitest and cool," and suicide).

You also said, "Playing music is cool, doing art is cool, but there needs to be something more substantial in people's lives to give them the drive to keep on living in this f#cked up planet."

> Before hippie sugar starts falling from my mouth, I'll again point you to Google to learn more about how SUBSTANTIAL music/art is as a driving force of life (see: economics, psychology,culture, historical revolutions, etc.).

If you truly want to support Deep Ellum by inspiring ideas that people can get behind, I suggest you refrain from the kind of B.S. you just spouted about DE and its community. Lastly and most importantly, do some research about suicide -- it isn't simply about losing things to live for or a consequence of "getting wasted."

frank
frank

What does this load of crap have to do with anything?

Angela1234
Angela1234

What was Adam upset about? How did he die, do you know?

Anonymous
Anonymous

I forgot to mention that there is a great local suicide hotline. You can find the information at http://www.sccenter.org/. The number is 214-828-1000. It's anonymous and its a great place to call if you are in the moment when you want to commit suicide, but don't want to confide in a friend. If you're not suicidal, but want to do something to help the cause, there are also great volunteer opportunities that don't cost anything!

nelah nav
nelah nav

still mad cuz eddie and dave said no?

GGard333
GGard333

You are a sick fuck, and that's an old joke!

David Hickmott
David Hickmott

Angela, PLEASE shut the fuck up. Your either or a troll, an idiot, or both.

Cindy
Cindy

Scott, really? REALLY?

Angela1234
Angela1234

the culture contributes to depression. look that up.

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