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Community Mourns Tragic Death of Bearded Brothers Band Fiddle Player

HUDSON (PASCO) – A heartbreaking loss for the local music community, after a motorcycle crash claimed the life of a talented fiddle player and member of the Bearded Brothers Band.

RNRF first broke the tragic news just before 10:00 p.m. last night after receiving numerous viewer tips of the horrific crash. We soon learned the identity of the deceased as 33-year-old Robert Leroy Cartwright of New Port Richey.

This morning the Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Cartwright’s death and provided a preliminary report on what led to the accident.

According to reports, 56-year-old Francine Chery of Port Richey was traveling northbound on US-19 and attempted a left turn onto Beach Blvd. Cartwright was traveling southbound and collided with the right rear of Chery’s SUV. Cartwright was transported to Bayonet Point Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.  Officials say charges are pending against Chery who also sustained minor injuries in the crash.

An outpouring of sympathy and grief from those who knew and loved Cartwright have already begun posting on social media.

On their official Facebook page, the remaining members of the Bearded Brothers Band posted “This evening our brother Rob was in a motorcycle accident and it is with the heaviest of hearts that we say WE LOST OUR BROTHER! We are completely devastated, destroyed and in disbelief!

We appreciate the outpouring of support and messages at this incredibly difficult time. Please continue to pray for us and Rob’s family. Such a terrible loss.

From your mom, son, fiancé, and your brothers, Rob you will forever be in our hearts! We love you!”

Fellow musician Bob Hope posted “Rip to an amazing musician and man Rob Cartwright. You were taken too soon and will be missed by so many that you touched with your heart and talent. My condolences to our bearded brothers. Heaven has gained another angel.”


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  • Thank you New Port Richey,and Rotary Club for recognizing a grief-stricken community. Expect a HUGE crowd at Sims Park! God Bless his family,and BROTHERS…We will be there…..

    Wednesday, 30 November 2016, 6:36 pm
  • So very sad to hear this terrible news of Rob’s passing. Brought joy with is music and gone way too soon.


    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 12:12 pm
  • Rob. you had made a lot of fans smile and simply forget about their problems when they listen to you play. your talent was nothing less then unbelievable and you were and will always be a great friend, I am so happy and proud to have played drums behind you and see all those happy people looking on in awe when you would play. I WILL forever keep you in my heart and memory. you were and are simply amazing. Kip Thompson.

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:20 am
  • I’m truly sorry and saw him perform many times but I just have to say…..I had the pleasure of a helicopter ride from a bke accident and sold the bike ……it’s not worth it….esp if you have a child..and it doesn’t matter who’s fault it is….it appears it was not his fault but he has a son or daughter with no father …he may have had a chance in an auot….not trying to start a fight or offend………just sayin…..what are your priorities….god Bless Rob and your family……literally thousands are saddened today

    Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 1:17 am
  • Stunned! Just keep thinking about the last time I saw Rob play! I guess we can’t ask ” why him?” That’s up to God. There really are no words., Enjoy your fiddle as you play with the angels. Love, prayers and much strength to his family…!

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 10:59 pm
  • A tragic lose to the local club life in Florida. Prayers to his family and friends. The devil went down to Georgia but Rob is definitely going to heaven to join one HELL of a band

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 7:43 pm
  • Rob was a truly talented person and a kind and caring human being. He is already missed and will be remembered for a long, long time.

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 6:46 pm
  • He is an amazing fiddle player…..God got a good one….but we lost. Rest in peace. Praying for his family…?????????

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 6:08 pm
  • Rest In Peace Rob.. Heaven has gained a wonderful kind and talented Soul. You will remain in everyone’s hearts forever..

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 4:40 pm
    • RIP sir you were one of the best when we saw you play you got the crowed going

      Monday, 28 November 2016, 5:35 pm
  • R.I.P. Horrific n preventable accident I met him a few times but didn’t know him well but I know the world has lost a great talent from a great band. Many Prayers!!! I signed the petition n they need to do something with that intersection. So very Sad!!!!

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 3:55 pm
  • The community has lost a tremendous talent, a kind giving soul. I pray that God wraps his loving arms around his family and closest of friends and gives them strength to deal with their loss. You will be missed dearly, we will miss your beautiful fiddle playing and contagious smile! Rest easy Rob and know how many care and love you. Fly high with the angels. God bless.

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 3:30 pm
    • My Condolences and Prayers go out to Rob’s family, fellow band members, friends, fans & everyone else who’s hearts that Rob has touched. Heaven has gained a wonderful & talented Soul,. Rest In Peace Rob..

      Monday, 28 November 2016, 4:35 pm
  • Am praying for Rob’s family and friends, you were awesome

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 3:20 pm
  • From the savatage family goodbye rob

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:29 pm
  • The Bearded Brothers are a really good band, they explode the fans every time they are on stage. Rob was a spark plug, set the tone, and quickened the hearts of all who were there. The last thing I said to Tommy…..If you’re going to play in Florida, you need a fiddle in the band. I guess The Father Almighty needed a fiddle in his band. Dam it’s a sad day…………..RIP Rob, your job here is done……God bless, and Thanks you for your music…..!

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 1:51 pm
  • Our deepest condolences to the family…Rest in peace our bearded wonder….you will be missed

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 1:43 pm
  • PLEASE ALL VISIT MY PAGE AND SIGN…This is so sad to many as he and the band is loved by theso many people in Florida, I started a petition in Rob’s honor to have a traffic light put at the intersection on US 19. I am hoping it will help to save a life as there has been so mY fatalities rite there, please sign and share..RIP Brother

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 1:10 pm
    • paste a link here? I would sign a petition if there is a light needed that intersection. RIP Rob

      Monday, 28 November 2016, 2:06 pm
    • How do we find the petition?

      Monday, 28 November 2016, 4:54 pm
      • Kelly Quinnell or gopetition

        Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 7:38 am
      • go to
        and look for the one Traffic Light for the Intersection of HYWY US 19 and Beach Blvd. / Dipaola Dr.

        Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 8:15 am
    • you need to put your full name so we can find this petition

      Monday, 28 November 2016, 9:34 pm
      • Kelly Quin Nell or gopetition

        Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 7:40 am
    • Kelly Ruiz Quinnell is my facebook name or you cAn go to Gopetition

      Tuesday, 29 November 2016, 7:42 am
  • We are all saddened in our community by the loss of rob..May you rest in peace and may god heal the saddened hearts of his family,his brothers and our devastated community

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 12:54 pm
  • So very sad he was an amazing fiddle player and a great musician. Always looked forward to and enjoyed seeing the bearded brothers play !!

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:56 am
  • so sad !!!! People need to pay attention when they are driving !!!!!!

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:49 am
  • Don’t need to have know you, to let the family know how sorry we are to hear about this young man passing………RIP…prayers to the family…….but God needed an angle and he took one.

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:46 am
  • So sad. RIP Prayers to the family.

    Monday, 28 November 2016, 11:08 am

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