It is most unfortunate, but Mr Cooper’s Personal Assistant and archivist has passed away.
Brian “Renfield” Nelson identified as The World’s Biggest Alice Cooper Fan and received his job after the November tour of “Flush” in 1980, after having encountered Alice Cooper numerous times and subsequently becoming familiar with the artist.
Brian also kept The Alice Cooper Archives, a large collection of memorabilia, including Alice Cooper’s birth certificate and old passports. He held a number of cameos, acting as a stand-in for Alice’s hands in a number of music videos and could be seen briefly in the “Feed My Frankenstein” segment in Wayne’s World. He occasionally played the role of Dr Renfield onstage with Alice.
The official statement at Alice Cooper’s website reads, “It is with extreme sadness that we need to inform the community of Alice Cooper fans of the passing of Brian ‘Renfield’ Nelson, Alice’s long-time archivist and personal assistant. It was a sudden, completely unexpected, and untimely passing. We would appreciate it if you would keep him in your thoughts, appreciate his many contributions to Alice’s life and career over the years, and respect Brian’s privacy and the privacy of Alice and his extended family (at home and on tour) at this time”.
Alice Cooper announced that he will continue touring in Russia, “as Brian would have wanted it”.
Brian will be greatly missed by the fan community.
For further information, visit Alice Cooper’s official website at http://www.alicecooper.com/.