Amy and Derrick Ross, Bisbee's Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, Have Died
In what's already been a bummer of a week for local music after the recent passing of local folk guitarist Andrew Duncan Brown, we have more sad news to report. Amy and Derrick Ross, the Bisbee couple behind popular folk/Americana duo Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, have died.
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Amy Ross, 40, died Monday. According to the Arizona Daily Star, the vocalist and keyboard player, who performed as "Whiskey Girl," passed away at Tuscon Medical Center from a "blood infection brought on by ongoing dialysis." She also suffered from Lupus. Derrick Ross, 39, who was "Nowhere Man" in the act and played acoustic guitar, reportedly committed suicide sometime Monday.
News of both of their deaths came via social media, albeit in a peculiar fashion, wherein Amy Ross seemingly announced the couple's deaths from beyond the grave.
An update to Amy's Facebook page on Monday evening stated the following:
Hey kids! Bad news! I died this morning and Derrick didn't know how to tell you. I love you all and hope you go out and be nice to someone. Funerals are a bore so hopefully I don't have one. Give Derrick some space... He stinks at this stuff so leave him be for now. Thanks for all the kindness... Please spread it around.
Reaction to the post was a combination of shock, surprise, and disbelief from her nearest and dearest. One person claiming to be a family member stated it was a hoax and that she was alive.
Earlier today, a second update was made to Amy Ross' page that suggested her husband had taken his own life.
Sorry to bring more bad news but Derrick decided to join me at some point in the night last night. I thought it best you heard it from me. Enjoy every sandwich. We love and will miss you all. Go be nice to someone for us.
Stand-up comic Doug Stanhope, who lived next door to the couple in Bisbee and was both their landlord and close friend (as well as featuring them at some of his gigs), confirmed via Twitter within minutes of the second Facebook post that Derrick Ross had taken his own life.
No more need to donate. Nowhere Man killed himself last night. Two of our favorite people in the world in 24 hours. Stunned.— Doug Stanhope (@DougStanhope) October 15, 2013
It's unknown who made the Facebook updates.
UPDATE: It's been reported by Tucson media outlets that Stanhope had access to Amy's page and was the one who made the updates.