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Rock band 3 Doors Down cancels 4 US appearances after bassist accused of causing fatal crash

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The rock band 3 Doors Down has called off four U.S. appearances following the arrest of the group's bassist, who was accused of driving intoxicated and causing a fatal interstate crash in a Nashville suburb.

The band announced Monday that out of respect for the victim, 47-year-old Paul Howard Shoulders Jr., it was cancelling four appearances in the U.S. originally set for April and May.

The cancellations include shows scheduled in Bossier City, La., Nashville, and at two music festivals, Rockville in Jacksonville, Fla., and Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte. The tour will resume May 31 in Moscow and return to the U.S. in July.

Bassist Robert Todd Harrell remained jailed Monday in lieu of $100,000 bail. He awaits a scheduled court appearance Thursday, but court records do not indicate that he had retained a lawyer. He is facing multiple charges, including vehicular homicide by intoxication, violation of the implied consent law, contraband, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Police said the 41-year-old musician was driving under the influence and speeding Friday night on an interstate in a when his car clipped a pickup truck. The pickup lost control, smashed into a guardrail and went down an embankment and overturned, the police statement added. The pickup driver, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

Shoulders, the other driver, was pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The band's publicist said in a statement that 3 Doors Down cancelled the four upcoming dates out of respect for Shoulders and his family. The statement didn't give specifics of the dates being cancelled.

A neighbour of the victim's family described Shoulders as a good man and a mechanic who helped teach young men in his Nashville neighbourhood how to work on cars, adding he tried to steer them from the streets.

"He was always helping these boys in the neighbourhood with their cars and different things," Edwin Fulcher said. "He was trying to keep them off drugs, keep them busy."

"It really hurt me to think that such a nice fellow like him got killed because he was such an attribute to the community," Fulcher added.

Police said Harrell showed signs of being impaired during field sobriety tests after the crash. A statement issued by Nashville police said that Harrell acknowledged drinking hard cider and taking the prescription drugs Lortab and Xanax.

The musician is also accused of bringing controlled substances into the jail. Authorities say they discovered a plastic bag concealed in his sock that contained eight Xanax pills, 24 Oxycodone pills and four Oxymorphone pills while they were in the process of booking him in the jail.

After the crash, 3 Doors Down released a statement on its website offering condolences to Shoulders' family.

The band, which formed in the '90s in Mississippi, is known for such hits as "Away from the Sun" and "Kryptonite."

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