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Bristol musician in coma after fight dies

Staff Report • Mar 3, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Bristol Herald-Courier is reporting that a musician died Sunday night after being in a coma following a fight outside a downtown restaurant last week, city police Capt. Charlie Thomas said Monday.Jeff Roberts, of Bristol, Tenn., the lead singer in Wormwood: Earth was taken to the hospital on Feb. 23 after a fight with another man, Thomas said.It all started shortly after 1 a.m., when Thomas said a fight broke out between Roberts and Duc Thach outside Machiavelli’s Italian Restaurant, where they’d attended a wedding party.Thomas reported that witnesses said Roberts, who’d been drinking, was outside the restaurant talking with Thach’s wife and “cursing at her when her husband came outside.”Police sayd Roberts initiated the confrontation by shoving the husband and drawing his fist like he was going to punch him. Thach hit Roberts, who toppled and hit his head on the curb.

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