"My life is so much richer to meet you".
Bill, born William Frederick Rieflin, began playing professionally in his hometown Seattle.
The great Bill Rieflin has changed hotel rooms for the last time - after a long battle with cancer he checked out and left us today. Bill was then invited by Al Jourgensen to join industrial pioneers, Ministry.
"Today we lost a wonderful artist, tremendous human being and an integral part of Ministry's developments and success".
Starting in 2003, Rieflin toured and recorded with R.E.M. until the band's 2011 split. "Safe travels my brother on the way to your next universal gig", they wrote.
Beyond Ministry, the drummer - who also served as a multi-instrumentalist - worked with such industrial-minded acts as KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Pigface, Revolting Cocks, Lard and many more over the years. Rieflin remained REM's studio and touring drummer until the band split in 2011. In 2013, he joined King Crimson and was one of three drummers, and after a hiatus in 2015, he continued to contribute to the band until he took an indefinite hiatus from the group in 2019.
"He was elated to see such nice associates and collect at his favourite freaky Chinese language-American diner".
Death Cab for Cutie's Dave Depper remembered him as "one of the wisest, kindest, funniest, grumpiest, most talented humans that has ever graced the earth". "His attentiveness to that song then and there indicated a lot to me about what it would be to work with Bill- which commenced to create some magical and handsome collaborations and life long friendships", wrote Stipe.
His band mate went on to say: "And so to Bill now, he's amongst all of the nice factors of the celebrities and we're wanting up with love and with our personal reverence for his magnificence, his humor, his relentless curiosity and naturally his unbelievable musical ear, his time right here with us so valuable and golden".