ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –A much admired leader of St. Louis’s underground music scene died when he fell down an elevator shaft in a downtown loft building Saturday afternoon. Bob Reuter, 61, was known as a musician, radio personality and photographer.
The St. Louis Fire Marshal and a city building inspector were called in to investigate the accident at 1129 St. Charles Street. Capt. David Neighbors said Reuter fell 18 feet from the lobby entrance to a freight elevator landing in the basement at the bottom of the elevator shaft.
“It does appear to be a tragic accident,” said Neighbors. He described the elevator door as a swing door without any kind of a safety grill. “The access to the door was open and the individual was able to step in and felt the elevator was there and in fact it was not.”
Firefighters found the elevator car positioned well above the first floor. Capt. Neighbors said there is another elevator in the building. He was told lofts on the fourth, fifth and sixth floor were occupied.
Reuter worked as a DJ for independent radio station KDHX. He performed rock in his early years but was playing folk-punk recently with his band “Alley Ghost.” He was also known as a photographer.
An article written for the Tennessee Chattanooga Pulse, a weekly alternative paper, said “Reuter could be the most admired musician, photographer and radio personality you’ve never heard of.” The story went on to say Reuter was a St. Louis “cult hero” who has influenced generations of musicians and artists in St. Louis.