By Andy Doerschuk Published September 12, 2009
Former Survivor, Deana Carter, and John Mellencamp drummer Kyle Woodring died at his home in Lockport, Illinois on September 8. He was 42. According to the Will County Coroner’s office, Woodring had died of hanging, although the manner of death won’t be officially announced until the Lockport Police Department concludes its investigation.
Woodring was raised in Lansing, Michigan, and studied orchestral percussion with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University. He moved to Chicago in 1987 and soon after landed the gig with Survivor and recorded the band’s Best Of album. He taught at Chicago’s Bloom School Of Jazz. After filling in for Kenny Aronoff in Mellencamp’s band in 1996, Woodring was recommended to Carter, with whom he worked for eight years, appearing on such programs as Late Night With David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Woodring also played with former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung, and in the pit band for the Chicago production of Jersey Boys.