All Members of Runnin’ Pardners Perish in Runnin’ Accident

NEW ORLEANS — Tragedy struck the New Orleans music community this week as all four members of George Porter Jr.’s longtime funk-fusion group Runnin’ Pardners died while attempting to actually run together.

Known for his aggressive technique, virtuosity, and walking bass lines, Porter nonetheless proved incapable of running early Sunday morning, succumbing to aggravated arteriosclerosis less than 100 yards after he and his bandmates set out for a single lap around Audubon Park. While trying to find help, his quartet members fell one by one.

An unnamed Tulane student discovered the bodies over two hours later, drawn by a smell she characterized as “undeniably funky.”

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office, in a prepared statement, determined the collective cause of death to be “complications from a sedentary bar circuit lifestyle belied by the group’s athletic moniker.”

An unnamed Tulane student discovered the bodies over two hours later, drawn by a smell she characterized as “undeniably funky.”

In an interview this week, friend and collaborator Aaron Neville tearfully remembered Porter as “the kind of guy who’d give you the shirt off his back, usually because he was overheated from climbing a short flight of stairs.

“I don’t know where he got the idea to take up jogging,” Neville said. “But I guess everybody plays the fool sometimes.”

 

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Chris has been retweeted by people who read nationwide publications like The New York Times and The Washington Post. He plays bass in the swamp metal band Saint Landry Perish.

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