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East Village Bar Owner Dies After Canal Street Bike Crash

By Patrick Hedlund | July 5, 2011 7:23am | Updated on July 5, 2011 7:20am

By Patrick Hedlund

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — The owner of a popular East Village bar died Sunday, less than a week after being struck while riding his bike on Canal Street.

Ray Deter, owner of the bourbon bar d.b.a. on First Avenue, died as a result of blunt impact head trauma following the June 27 crash, the city medical examiner's office confirmed.

"This evening we say goodbye to our dear friend Ray & wish him peace in his place of rest," read a statement on d.b.a.'s Facebook page, noting that details of his memorial service will be posted soon.

"We remember him as a pioneer, a community-maker, a father, partner & friend. He touched countless people & his loss is felt far and wide. Please hold him in your heart & raise a glass of good stuff."

Deter had been riding his bike down West Broadway during rush hour and turned onto Canal Street when a car struck him, authorities said. The driver was reportedly not charged in the incident.

Following the news, tributes poured onto the Facebook page remembering his life.

One user thanked Deter for introducing him to his wife, while others recounted his generosity and kindness.

"Just one of so many glad to have known Ray Deter," one woman commented. "Thank you, Ray, for all you added to the world during your time here."

Another commenter said that Jarvis Cocker, lead singer of the band Pulp, honored Deter at a concert in London's Hyde Park Sunday night by asking the 100,000 people in attendance to raise drinks in his name.

"It was a touching moment on a magical evening," the man wrote. "RIP."