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Man Dies in Quechee Gorge Fall; Police Classify as Suicide

Torr Skoog, vocalist of the Boston-based punk rock band The Kings of Nuthin'. (Courtesy photograph)

Torr Skoog, vocalist of the Boston-based punk rock band The Kings of Nuthin'. (Courtesy photograph)

Hartford — Police and firefighters searched for three days for a Massachusetts musician who authorities said died in a fall at the Quechee Gorge.

Torr Skoog was the vocalist for a Boston-based punk rock band, The Kings of Nuthin’. One of Skoog’s band mates posted the news on the band’s Facebook page yesterday. The post was followed by more than 200 comments.

“As you may have heard, we’re mourning the loss of Torr Skoog, the best friend, lifeline, and inspiration that anyone could hope to have. Our hearts go out to the Skoog family, the extended KON family, and friends everywhere who understand how lucky we all were to have him in our lives.”

Authorities have classified Skoog’s death as a suicide. Hartford Deputy Chief of Police Braedon Vail said a Massachusetts-registered pickup truck was found Thursday morning near the Quechee Gorge gift shop. The truck was unlocked, the driver’s door was open and letters were inside the vehicle that caused police officers to consider suicide was possible, Vail said. Skoog’s body was found on Saturday. Vail said Skoog was in his 30s.

Skoog’s family, reached in Chelmsford, Mass., declined to comment yesterday, but Vail said they had been notified and had been cooperative and assisted with the investigation.

The Kings of Nuthin’ started in the late 1990s and have a large following in Europe, performing in Germany, England, Spain, France, Poland and numerous other countries, according to the band’s Facebook page. The description also said the band is currently on hiatus. Skoog’s band mates could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Jackson Ellis, editor and co-publisher of www.VerbicideMagazine.com, an independent entertainment website that initially wrote about Skoog’s death, said The Kings of Nuthin’ is known as a punk band, but the musicians often incorporated swing, big band, jazz, blues and old time rock ‘n’ roll into their music.

“They had been a mainstay since 1999, and ranked up there with Dropkick Murphys, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Darkbuster, The Unseen and Blood for Blood as one of the most beloved acts to emerge from the city’s underground scene since the ‘90s,” said Ellis, who grew up in Ludlow, Vt., and now lives in Nevada.

The Quechee Gorge has become the site of numerous suicides in the past, and Vail said he thinks it has been about two years since the last one. Vail said he didn’t know how many hours the fire department spent searching by boat. With the recent rain, the water was high and there was a current, Vail said.

Sarah Brubeck can be reached at sbrubeck@vnews.com or 603-727-3223.