Amy and Derrick Ross, Bisbee's Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl, Have Died

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Amy and Derrick Ross
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.

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.

Whiskey

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.

See Also: Comedian Doug Stanhope on the Death of His Friends, Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl

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.

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.


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mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

If you know anyone who goes through the ordeal of dialysis, you will appreciate what Amy did by continuing to perform year in and year out. That, in and of itself; is more than remarkable. What makes even it more remarkable is that she refused to let being seriously ill (lupus and renal failure), interfere with her art until the very last days. We saw the two of them perform with Buzz and the Soul Senders a few weeks ago at the Blues Festival here in City Park and they were great - as always. We have seen Amy perform solo at the Royale and with Derrick at other venues and they were always top-notch. Theirs is a story of superb talent and boundless love. That love radiated out of them and went into the audiences whenever they performed. There really aren't words to describe the sadness and loss my wife and I feel at this time.   

smatsumoto
smatsumoto

Very sad.  Thanks, Ben for posting what you know...

Erica Marie
Erica Marie

What what what what!?!?!?!?!? Is this a joke?????

simpstm
simpstm

27. Why do you take so many of the most beautiful and creative?

glyphhunter
glyphhunter

Just spent some time on their website. I am poorer for not having heard their music before this tragedy

Gregg Paul
Gregg Paul

Great artist, a true Romeo and Juliet story.

Phillip Dykes
Phillip Dykes

I'm telling you, it's getting REALLY bad out here! I am losing count of all the People taking there own lives!

Teri Mekeel
Teri Mekeel

So sad, I love Bisbee and all the cool music there..

unmutual
unmutual

My heart goes out to these young people, the Warren Zevon reference says it all.

julie.peterson1
julie.peterson1

Thank you, Ben. I could not face talking about this with more than two people today, but I wanted the information to get out there.

Drew Blank
Drew Blank

Tragic, my condolences to family and friends.

julie.peterson1
julie.peterson1

@mikefrombisbee And touring! And she almost never said a word about it (in front of me, anyway) and was full of compassion for everybody else.

Even though I knew Derrick and Amy for only a short time in Phoenix before they moved (well, a few years -- it all seems so short a time, now), from the first song I heard sitting on the floor at Modified Arts when they were still called Briefcase it became second nature to make time to see them several times each year wherever and whenever I could, usually here or at a Tucson gig. Their enormous talent and collaborative spirit enriched all the other artists they knew (and helped grow my own stupid journalism career, which was not what I was after) -- just couldn't ever get enough of Amy's voice and never-ending smile and Derrick laughing at my bad jokes and living every moment all about her, and the feelings that the songs gave me.

That is love, to me, the way you can't help feeling wonderful just because someone exists. I feel gut-punched but also like the luckiest person ever.

Whichever Mike from Bisbee this is, you and you wife have my sympathy.
-- <3 JulieMary

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