Tragic news came this weekend that Jaime Cooley passed away on February 4 at the age of 33. Cooley was a fixture in the Portland music scene for many years, having begun working at KNRK at the young age of 17 and working her way through the ranks up to Assistant Program and Music Director. Cooley was part of the unfortunate Entercom layoffs at KNRK in 2008, a very big loss considered how connected she was to local music. Cooley was the champion of tons of local bands and an absolute, pure lover of music. Her enthusiasm and influence cannot be measured.

After leaving KNRK, Cooley briefly worked in Phoenix at KEDJ/KEXX, but she had since returned to the Portland area. She died at the home of her father and stepmother while in the hot tub. Partly in response to the wild and perhaps distasteful speculation into the nature of her death—which at this time has not been determined beyond an unfortunate accident—Cooley's family has prepared the following statement:

We lost Jaime in a tragic accidental drowning on Feb 4th. It is our wishes to have a private service for the family, followed by a public memorial Friday, Feb 10th at Lola’s Room (1332 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR) from 5-8. We are also requesting that donations in her name be made to the Pacific Pug Rescue:

P.O. Box 820032
Portland, OR 97282-1032

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jaime's family, loved ones, and friends. She will be greatly missed.

This was one of her favorites: