Austin drummer Bill Maddox dies in violent home break-in



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Posted on December 27, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 28 at 11:24 AM

An Austin drummer died in his Southwest Travis County home Monday morning after a violent  attempted burglary.                                                                                                                                                 

Billy Maddox was at home with his wife when Travis County Sheriff Investigators say a man broke in the house located on Rock Way Drive near Highway 290.

Detectives say 63-year-old John Debrecht struggled with Maddox and both men were shot, but aren't saying who pulled the trigger.

Maddox died in his home. Investigators say Debrecht was taken by helicopter to University
Medical Center Brackenridge where he remains in critical condition as of Monday evening.

The Abilene native played drums for legendary guitarist Eric Johnson throughout his life including a band called the "Electromagnets" in the 1970s.

Fellow Austin musician and longtime friend Van Wilks says Maddox will be deeply missed by the Austin music community and beyond.

"Billy stood out because of his capabilities as a drummer. He transcended all the normal boundaries of what was expected of drummers back then," said Wilks. 

Wilks said Maddox could play all styles of music. He also played guitar and wrote his own songs.

"There is a major loss and a big hole, not just in Austin music but everywhere. It's so tragic," said Wilks.

Friend Susan Antone said Maddox was, "part of the fabric of the Austin music community."