James Woolley, who spent four years as keyboardist for rock group Nine Inch Nails, died Monday, according to ex-wife Kate Van Buren.
Woolley, 49, reportedly died from injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder while working with music equipment in his studio.
“James worked hard and played hard with NIN. He brought coolness to playing keyboards, which isn’t as easy to do as playing guitar or drums,” Van Buren posted to Facebook, adding, “Because of significant neck and spine injuries, he wasn’t capable of doing a lot of physical activities with them, but he loved sitting down to paint, or teach piano, or just look at nature. He passed his amazing musical and artistic talents to all three children.”
Woolley joined Nine Inch Nails in 1991 for the band’s Lollapalooza tour and stayed with the band, led by Trent Reznor, through the group’s making of Broken in 1992 and The Downward Spiral in 1994, according to Rolling Stone.
After his time with NIN, one career path Woolley took was as a sound designer for The Simpsons. “Those fart sounds are authentic,” Van Buren said in her Facebook post.