Bob Goldstone, a lead executive at the rapidly-growing Thirty Tigers marketing, distribution and management firm, died on July 3 following a bicycling accident in Tennessee.
Goldstone was Vice President of Sales at the Nashville-based company, which became known for their unique sales structure that made distribution more affordable and accessible for independent artists. Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Aaron Watson and Ryan Bingham are just a few of the artists who have worked with the company.
According to the Tennessean, Goldstone was found lying unresponsive on the street in the Nashville suburb of Pegram, not far from his home. It is unclear what exactly happened in the accident, but Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove reports that Goldstone’s bicycle was not damaged and did not appear to have collided with any car or object. Investigators noted that there were nearly 40 feet of skid marks found near the scene at the bottom of a hill, which may indicate that he had locked his brakes while trying to avoid an animal or something in the road.
Goldstone was not wearing a helmet and suffered head injuries. Although he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, doctors were unable to save him.
The loss has come as a huge shock to the music community in Nashville. Artists like Jason Isbell took to their social media accounts to pay tribute to their late friend.
Thinking about Bob Goldstone and family today. Bob was a huge part of Nashville music, a big help on my last couple albums, and a good man.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 5, 2016
“His passion for music was only surpassed by his love for his family and friends,” a statement from the staff of Thirty Tigers read. “We’ve lost the beating, loving heart of Thirty Tigers. We’ve lost a friend, a mentor, a respected colleague and someone that loved us all so much, as we loved him.”