Josh Burdette, 9:30 Club Manager, Dies

Burdette was "as 9:30 as 9:30 gets": Club owner Seth Hurwitz

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    The death of a popular night manager and longtime bouncer at D.C.'s 9:30 Club has been ruled a suicide, authorities said.

    Josh Burdette, whose face was synonymous with the 9:30 Club, died Sunday.

    "Josh was one of the wisest people you would ever meet. When you talked to him, you hoped you would be lucky enough to retain some of that wisdom, but you had to make the effort as he never forced it on you," said 9:30 Club co-owner Seth Hurwitz in a statement.

    Burdette, of Kensington, Md., was notable not just for his personality, but also his appearance, which included heavy-gauged piercings and tattoo sleeves.

    A local icon, Burdette maintained a Facebook page titled "That Guy at the 9:30 Club."

    "[There was the fantastic joke that people that didn't know him fell for every time. Here was this scary looking dude that was a complete contradiction of his appearance," Hurwitz said. "I think everyone felt a little ashamed and learned from that."

    According to The Washington City Paper, Burdette began working at the venue in 1997.

    As news of his death spread, messages have flooded his Facebook page.

    "I always looked forward to seeing Josh," one commenter, Jess Pfohl, wrote. "Half the reason why I would even make the trek down to that club was to goof and catch up with him. I just really cannot believe his passing.... That place will never ever be the same for me. Massive loss for the 9:30 family, friends and rock 'n' roll music as a whole."

    A post from Capitals Outsider included a picture of Burdette wearing a Caps jersey emblazoned with the name "That Guy." The number on the jersey: 930.

    A bouquet of roses left ouside the club, located at 815 V St. NW, appeared to be wrapped in a Washington Capitals "Rock the Red" towel.

    "Thank you, Josh. We'll miss you," the message on the fabric reads.

    "We were all so proud to have him as our ambassador to the world. He was as 9:30 as 9:30 gets," Hurwitz's statement concluded. "I'm pretty good at moving on but this one's gonna be tough. There will be no getting over it, sorry."

    The 9:30 Club released the following statement: “It is too soon to know much. This goes without saying, but we are all crushed. There is really nothing for us to say other than our hearts are broken."