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R.I.P. Punk Rocker Danny American of West End Crooks

Danny Abromovitz, 32, of Phoenix punk band West End Crooks died in his sleep on the morning of Tuesday, July 17.

Abromovitz, best known as Danny American, was West End Crooks' bassist and an active member of the local punk community.

"The official cause of death is yet to be determined," says Micah Elliot, Abromovitz's bandmate. "The family is still waiting for autopsy reports, but Danny went to sleep Monday night and didn't wake up on Tuesday. It's all pretty sudden and shocking to everyone."

West End Crooks were working on new material before Abromovtiz's death. "We are about four new songs shy of a new album. At this point, however, I can't say where our future lies. Danny was truly the heart and soul of the band. Anyone who hears our music can pick that out pretty quickly. Danny's tremendous bass talent made the music stand out beyond anything else," Elliot says.

"Words can't really capture anything meaningful at this stage. If anything, we should all realize how important personal relationships and the way we treat each other in our daily lives truly are. You don't realize how life can be taken for granted, and then it's gone. Everything else is just a veil that gets in the way," Elliot adds.

Here is Abromovitz's obituary, as written by his brother, Josh.

Daniel Isaac Abromovitz -- 32, of Tempe, AZ, passed way peacefully in his sleep on July 17, 2012. He is survived by his mother and father, Lorin Finn Abromovitz and Dr. Alan Abromovitz, siblings Michael, Joshua and Stacie, Grandma Sarah Pore Finn, and too many cousins and close friends to even count.

A true Renaissance Man of unlimited talent, Danny was a painter, artist, musician, singer, son, brother, and lover of life. He was a world traveler who touched many in his rich life in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and Tempe. His infectious smile will forever be missed and cherished, but never forgotten.

Danny was a third-year law student at Phoenix College of Law and stands at the top of his class with two CALI awards, and two legal scholarships.

We love you, Danny, we were the most blessed to be closest to you.

In lieu bringing flowers to the funeral, the family would like donations to be sent to the Arizona Humane Society.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at Beth El Cemetery.

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