Justin Bieber Pays Tribute to Friend Tragically Killed in Paris Attacks
Justin Bieber took to Twitter to pay tribute to his late friend and Universal Music Group executive, Thomas Ayad, who was tragically killed in the Paris attacks on Friday (Nov. 13).
Ayad was the international product manager for Universal’s Mercury Records label, and one of the 89 people killed by gunmen who opened fire at the Bataclan theater during a sold-out set by the Eagles of Death Metal. Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of United Music Group, confirmed the news, calling his loss “an unspeakably appalling tragedy.”
The Purpose singer wrote, “Still thinking about Paris and my friend Thomas that we lost in the tragedy. He was a part of the team for years and I wish I would’ve had more time to thank him. Make sure to appreciate people while you have them. Thanks Thomas for everything you did for me. You are appreciated and missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family & friends #PrayForParis.”
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) November 17, 2015
Biebs also paid tribute to all the victims of the ISIS attack in New York on Saturday, where he was the inaugural winner of the HALO Hall of Fame Award. He said during his acceptance speech, “There’s been some sad things happening in the world right now, and I think that we should all honor that and just take one moment of silence for that, if you guys could.”
In addition, The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards paid tribute to Ayad, posting a photo of them together and writing, “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Thomas Ayad. Words cannot express the horror of what happened in Paris. I am horrified by the tragic events that took place in Paris last Friday night.”
Also killed in the concert shooting was the Eagles of Death metal merchandising manager, Nick Alexander.
Kylie Minogue penned a note in his honor:
Amongst the losses in the devastating tragedy, RIP #lover Nick Alexander. Paris, France .. Toujours. 🇫🇷
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) November 17, 2015