Guillaume Barreau-Decherf

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Rock critic Barreau-Decherf, who wrote under the name Guillaume B. Decherf, was killed while covering a concert by the American band Eagles of Death Metal for Les InRockuptibles, at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, according to reports.

The 43-year-old freelance journalist was one of 130 people killed during the terror attacks launched in Paris by gunmen said to be linked to the militant group Islamic State, according to reports. Four gunmen fired indiscriminately into the crowd at the historic music venue, killing at least 90 people including Decherf, before they detonated explosive belts or were killed by police, according to reports.

From 2008, Decherf wrote about heavy metal for the Paris-based music and culture magazine Les InRockuptibles, also known as Les InRocks. A graduate of the Lille school of journalism, he had contributed to a number of publications from Rolling Stone to Libération before joining Les InRocks. In a tribute to Decherf, published in Les InRocks on November 17, 2015, colleague Christophe Conte wrote: “He dragged his imposing silhouette in the newsrooms of Libé, Metro or Rolling Stone and everywhere his gentleness, his seriousness, his humor and his will to share have only left sweet memories, besides remarkable articles.”