The Girlfriend Of A British Man Who Died A Hero In Paris Posted A Moving Tribute To Him

    Nick Alexander has also been mourned by his family and by colleagues in the rock world.

    This moving tribute to Nick Alexander, a 36-year-old British man murdered in the Paris attacks, was posted to Twitter by his girlfriend Polina Buckley.

    You are and always will be the love of my life, Nick Alexander #fuckterrorism #ParisAttacks #Bataclan

    Hours earlier she had tweeted begging for help in locating him. Alexander, 36, from Colchester in Essex, was working as a merchandise manager for the Eagles of Death Metal, whose concert was stormed by the terrorists on Friday night.

    Please help me find Nick Alexander #Bataclan #ParisAttacks

    According to Rolling Stone, Alexander had also worked as a merchandise manager on multiple tours with Sum 41, Panic! at the Disco, and the Black Keys.

    Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney told the magazine that "he was a really organized, super hard worker, really funny. I remember him always very content with being on tour. It was what seems to make him the happiest. After shows, when everyone would go wild or whatever, he would also be really reserved. He was just a sweetheart, that guy."

    Carney's bandmate Dan Auerbach added: "He was just a really nice guy. Always. Just loved rock and roll. He was just an absolute rock and roll guy. Lived for it."

    Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman tweeted a tribute to him.

    Just found out Nick Alexander was one of the people murdered last night in Paris. Great guy. I'm horrified. #RIPNickAlexander

    The journalist and campaigner Ian Birrell, who worked with Alexander on the Africa Express music project founded by Blur musician Damon Albarn, also shared his grief.

    Nick Alexander's murder now confirmed. He loved music, lived with a smile on his face, died a hero @le_bataclan

    In a statement, Alexander's family said he was "everyone's best friend":

    Nick was not just our brother, son and uncle, he was everyone's best friend - generous, funny and fiercely loyal. Nick died doing the job he loved and we take great comfort in knowing how much he was cherished by his friends around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and respect for our family at this difficult time. Peace and light.

    Alexander was with his friend and former girlfriend Helen Wilson, who was shot in both legs at the time of the attack. She told The Telegraph that he was shot in front of her: "His back was to me and I couldn't see what happened and I tried to keep him talking and then I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and they [the gunmen] were just sort of in the shadows and they would shoot if anyone said anything."

    "Then he couldn't breathe any more and I held him in my arms and told him I loved him. He was the love of my life."

    A GoFundMe page has been set up in his memory.

    Sleep tight, my sweet prince, Nick Alexander... #fuckterrorism #iwillalwaysloveyou #Bataclan

    At a memorial in New York to victims of the tragedy, Buckley paid a tearful tribute to him, which can be watched here.

    Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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