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.
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.
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.
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."