Tommy Kollman — former drummer for the progressive hard rock band EDWIN DARE and brother of EDWIN DARE founder, acclaimed guitarist Jeff Kollman (COSMOSQUAD, CHAD SMITH’S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS, GLENN HUGHES) — was shot and killed by by a deputy in Fort Myers Beach, Florida this past weekend.
According to NBC2, the 48-year-old musician, who was described by a longtime friend as “a gentle giant,” was killed after his vehicle was pulled over by a deputy around 3:30 Saturday morning (December 15).
The sheriff’s office says Kollman was armed, but has not offered any more information about the incident.
Kollman, who used to work at the Mermaid on Fort Myers Beach and was about to start working at the Beached Whale, was arrested last month for loitering and possession of drug equipment.
Tommy‘s friend Ron Little told NBC2 that he wanted to know why Kollman was pulled over in the first place.
“He was a musician he worked late hours. His friends stayed up late. He was heading in the direction of home on McGregor. Does that make him suspicious?” asked Little.
EDWIN DARE released three albums in the 1990s and had moderate success in U.S. and Japan from 1992 to 1995. Jeff Kollman dismantled the group in 1995 and relocated to Arizona for two years before moving permanently to Los Angeles.
Watch an NBC2 video report below.