We are devastated to share the news of Eric J. Lawrence’s demise, a longtime music librarian and DJ at KCRW. On Wednesday, February 8th, 2023, the news of his death was made public through various social media publications, shocking family, friends, and colleagues. To learn more, please continue reading.
Who was Eric J. Lawrence?
Throughout his life, Eric J. Lawrence had an amazing radio career. During his stay at UCLA, he started out as a DJ at KLA. He started off as the station’s sports guy and ticket giveaway guy and then worked his way up to music director, general manager, and even game show host. During this period, he fell in love with the field of music librarianship, which he went on to study after graduating from UCLA in 2012.
Soon after, in 2013, he became one of the most trusted members of KCRW’s music library staff thanks to his extensive knowledge of music history and his ability to locate nearly any song requested by DJs or listeners. His knowledge of everything from indie rock to jazz and beyond made him an invaluable member of the KCRW music library crew, and he also occasionally filled in as a guest DJ on various shows over the years.
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How did the Eric J. Lawrence Die?
Those closest to him have been deeply affected by his passing, and tributes have poured in from around the world on social media, with listeners recalling fond memories of hearing their favorite songs played on air or of having casual conversations with him about new releases over email or text while browsing the record racks of independent stores in the Los Angeles area. At the time this report was issued, the circumstances surrounding his death were unknown.
Eric J Lawrence Obituary
Eric J Lawrence’s love of music will be fondly remembered by those who knew him best. He was always on the lookout for something fresh that could brighten the lives of others through the power of sound waves emitted from speakers everywhere, and he was often the first to discover new artists or rare tracks within album catalogs.
Our hearts go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy; may you find solace in the knowledge that Eric’s legacy as KCR W’s Music Librarian and DJ will endure through the music he played. Please accept my gratitude, Eric. We will miss you tremendously.
Tributes Pour To Eric J. Lawrence’s Death
With heavy hearts, we share the passing of our dear friend, mentor, and beloved member of the KCRW family, Eric J Lawrence.
Eric was a sweet and gentle person, with a quirky and intelligent soul. He left a profound mark everywhere he went and truly made the world a better place. pic.twitter.com/VAZaMHNOOK
— KCRW (@kcrw) February 8, 2023
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Eric J. Lawrence. During a @kcrw membership drive years ago, he and I once had a conversation about the the Rock and Roll hall of fame. He really was a fountain of knowledge. I'm glad our paths crossed. Rest in peace, EJL. pic.twitter.com/mEgJZPgFmw
— 𝕄𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕟 𝔻𝕦𝕣𝕒𝕟 (@Fuego_Novo) February 8, 2023
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