Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

The death of Pink Martini drummer Derek RIETH has been ruled a suicide.

Derek would want nothing more than for the show to go on

The 43-year-old percussionist was found dead at his home in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday night (20Aug14), and the state's medical examiner has now concluded the musician died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The band's shows at Oregon Zoo on Friday (22Aug14) and Saturday (23Aug14) went ahead as planned without Rieth, and the group dedicated the performances to the late star.

Pink Martini posted a message on the band's Facebook.com page prior to the first concert assuring fans they would play the shows in their bandmate's honour, writing, "Thank you all for your kind words and support. Derek would want nothing more than for the show to go on. We'll see you tonight and tomorrow at the zoo".

Rieth's death comes just weeks after the band was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in June (14).

(LRZN) * Taylor Swift 'Lena Dunham HAS HELPED ME UNDERSTAND FEMINISM' Singer Taylor Swift has credited actress Lena Dunham for helping her become a better feminist.

The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker explains when she was younger she felt the title had a negative connotation, but the Girls star helped her to realise that it just meant you supported equality among the sexes.

She tells The Guardian, "As a teenager, I didn't understand that saying you're a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. What it seemed to me, the way it was phrased in culture, society, was that you hate men. And now, I think a lot of girls have had a feminist awakening because they understand what the word means. "For so long it's been made to seem like something where you'd picket against the opposite sex, whereas it's not about that at all.

Becoming friends with Lena - without her preaching to me, but just seeing why she believes what she believes, why she says what she says, why she stands for what she stands for - has made me realise that I've been taking a feminist stance without actually saying so".