Former baby actor Kevin Clark of School of Rock fame has handed away. Finest identified for his position as a fifth grade drummer within the Jack Black comedy, Clark was nonetheless drumming in his 30s as a musician working within the Chicago space. Sadly, it is all come to a tragic finish after the drummer was struck and killed early on Wednesday morning whereas driving his bike within the Avondale neighborhood. He was simply 32 years previous.
Based on the Chicago Solar Instances, Kevin Clark was taking an early morning bike trip at round 1:20 a.m. when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata. He was then discovered by paramedics at Logan Boulevard and transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Heart, however regardless of the perfect efforts of the medical professionals, Clark was pronounced lifeless at 2:04 a.m. The motive force of the Hyundai, a 20-year-old girl, was issued citations. It is unclear if she faces legal prices.
Rising up in Highland Park in Illinois, Clark was already taking part in drums by the age of three, beginning his music profession by “hitting pots and pans within the basement.” Described by his mom, Allison Clark, as a “uncooked expertise” with “a coronary heart of gold,” Clark was gifted sufficient to safe a job as a baby drummer within the Jack Black film Faculty of Rock. He performed Freddy Jones, aka “Spazzy McGee,” one among several elementary students who formed a rock band with a substitute instructor (Black).
“He simply form of shined,” Allison mentioned of her son, who had no appearing expertise. “He took it on instantly, however he by no means actually acted afterward.”
Faculty of Rock was written by Mike White and directed by Richard Linklater. It follows a struggling rock guitarist (Jack Black) who disguises himself instead instructor as a means of creating some fast money. When he sees how gifted the scholars are, he kinds a band of fifth graders to carry out alongside him at an upcoming Battle of the Bands to repay his lease.
He is well-known for taking part in a fictional drummer in a film, however Clark ws very a lot the actual deal. He performed in a number of bands through the years, most just lately performing with Jess Bess and the Intentions. Clark additionally performed for the ultimate time simply days in the past with the group, as they held their first stay efficiency on Saturday.
“They had been unbelievably unbelievable and they’d’ve gone someplace,” mentioned Allison.
“He was motivated and liked to write down songs,” added Clark’s roommate of 5 years and Robbie Gold bandmate. “He liked to take the guitar off the wall and make a humorous tune.”
Clark’s different music tasks embody Dreadwolf and Funk it Let’s Jam. He additionally labored as a shift supervisor at Starbucks, although he additionally taught music at a Faculty of Rock location in Libertyville, in response to his mom. From the start to the very finish, music was at all times within the musician’s blood.
At the moment, our deepest sympathies exit to Clark’s mom, Allison, together with the remainder of his household and associates. At simply 32 years previous, Clark was far too younger to go. His reminiscence will stay on ceaselessly, however he’ll at all times be missed. Rest in peace. This information involves us from The Chicago Sun Times.