Musician killed by punch in Middletown bar, police say

John Fugate fell off stage and hit head on floor
Musician killed by punch in Middletown bar, police say
Posted at 3:22 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 17:21:24-05

MIDDLETOWN. Ohio – A musician was fatally punched inside the Old Crow Bar over the weekend, the  Journal-News reported.

John Fugate, 46, fell off the stage and hit his head on the concrete floor after being punched about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Middletown police.

Fugate booked bands at the bar on Jackson Lane and had volunteered there since its former stage manager, John Howard, died from lung cancer last year, friends said.

Middletown police did not say what led up to the incident. Major Scott Reeve said the case would go to a grand jury to consider charges after they complete their investigation.

Fugate’s death is a “devastating loss,” according to a post on the bar’s Facebook page.

Chris Lester, owner of Lester’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Shop on Central Avenue, said he had known Fugate for about 30 years. He called Fugate a great father.

“I’m heartbroken for them,” Lester said.

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