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RIP Mana "China" Nishiura (Shonen Knife, DMBQ)

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Saturday, Nov 5, 2005

Some very sad news to report, courtesy of NYC promoter Todd P who sent this missive out:


It is with a lot of grief and weariness that I announce that Fridays DMBQ and friends show @ Club Exit was cancelled following a tragic car accident involving the members of DMBQ.


We will continue with SaturdayՕs show, which DMBQ was scheduled to play, in memoriam and as a benefit to cover DMBQs travel and medical expenses.


DMBQՕs van rolled from I-95 in Delaware en route from Baltimore to Brooklyn this afternoon. All members of the band have been hospitalized, as well as Michelle Cable from Panache Magazine and booking, who has been managing their tour.


Mana Chinaғ Nishiura did not survive the accident. China was DMBQs drummer, as well as a former drummer in Shonen Knife. China will be missed.


Michelle Cable is conscious following surgery for a head injury. She also sufferred an injury to her back which will keep her in the hospital for a few weeks and put her in a brace for awhile, but she is expected to recovery completely. Shinji Masuko is still in the hospital but is expected to be released soon. Toru Matsui and Ryuichi Watanabe have been released from the hospital.


ThatՕs all the information I have.


There was also this article from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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