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June 23, 2014 3:12 PM

Steve Ruppenthal, from '80s Chapel Hill band The Popes, dies at age 49

Steve Ruppenthal, co-leader of '80s Chapel Hill indie-pop band The Popes, has passed in a mysterious drowning accident at Wrightsville Beach. He was 49 years old.

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