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The story of Dave Deporis was much like that of the countless other singer-songwriters that live in this world.

They live for their songs.

But in the case of Dave, that love may have cost him his life.

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According to news reports, the 40-year-old was killed on August 9 when witnesses say that he chased a thief who had snatched his laptop from a cafe and ended up getting run over by an SUV during the chase. Close friends said that Dave, a singer-songwriter living in Oakland, California, kept all of his original music on that laptop, and may have been chasing it down in order to save his creative work, but instead paid the ultimate price. He was reportedly pulling on the door of a vehicle the thief had jumped into, was briefly dragged by that vehicle and then fell under its wheels and was run over.


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Dave was said to have had a voice similar to that of Bob Dylan, and lived for his craft throughout his too-short life. “He’s a performer in every sense of the word,” his close friend Chris Vogel said in an interview with SFGate. “At the drop of a hat, he could play music for people … If there was a musician who could kind of break that fourth wall and draw the audience in, it was him.”

Popular singer Regina Spektor even headed to social media to express her sadness over his death.

We send our condolences to Dave’s family, friends and fans.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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