Thomas Andrew Kravitz-Hear, who left home in Montauk after high school to pursue a career in music, died in Las Vegas on Feb. 9 of unknown causes. He was 39.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1972, in Nashville, and was raised by his mother, Lorie Dougherty-Hear, in Montauk. She was a musician and Mr. Kravitz-Hear seemed to have music in his blood.
He graduated from East Hampton High School in 1991, and in 1996 moved to Atlanta, where he attended the Atlanta Institute of Music. He worked as a backup musician for the artists Soulja Boy and Outkast, and as a videographer for beautyandspeed.com, which called him “one of a kind and an Atlanta local celeb.”
In addition to his music and videography, Mr. Kravitz-Hear worked with Leigon Marvin Gore, founder and C.E.O. of StrawberryHunnies, a modeling agency. He moved to Las Vegas in 2011.
“Many people would say that Tommy was the life of the party,” wrote a cousin, Brittany Herrlin-Alvarado. “He loved comedy and doing impressions and there was never a moment when a smile wasn’t on his face.”
Mr. Kravitz-Hear is survived by his mother, who lives in Montana, as well as his aunt, Hope Herrlin of East Hampton, and two cousins.
Funeral arrangements had not yet been made as of Tuesday. Memorial contributions were suggested for Nana Cares, the Kattie O. Berkoski Foundation, 81 Newtown Lane, Suite 303, East Hampton 11937.