Iggy Pop Drummer Alex Kirst Killed in Car Accident

January 20, 2011 Updated: January 21, 2011

Alex Kirst, the former drummer for the rock band Iggy Pop, was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Saturday, Jan. 15. He was 47.

His body was found on a Cathedral City, Calif., road by a passer-by minutes before midnight, apparently struck by a car.

Local police confirmed that the driver did not stop after hitting Kirst.

“We have no evidence of any braking,” said Sgt. Paul Herrera of the Cathedral City police, according to The Desert Sun.

The drummer’s body was spotted by an unknown witness near the entrance to a country club.

“I'm devastated; just devastated. He was my big brother,” his brother Whitey Kirst told the Sun.

Kirst joined singer Inger Lorre’s rock band The Nymphs in the mid-80s before turning into the drummer and composer for Iggy Pop, according to a biography of the drummer on the Allmusic website.

A news entry on the death of the drummer was put on Iggy and The Stooges’s official MySpace page. Fans who commented on the incident called the death of Kirst “terrible news” and a “loss to the music world.”