Garrett Todd Osborne, who ran the Basement Bar in the Stockyards for four years, was found dead of apparent natural causes at his home Monday.
He was 41.
The exact cause of death was pending, per the Tarrant County medical examiner’s initial report, although Osborne had been recently suffering from chest pains.
The Lawton, Okla. native Osborne took over running the Basement Bar in 2010, after the space’s brief stint as the Stockyards outpost of Lola’s Saloon, located on historic West Exchange Avenue, near the Longhorn Saloon, which Osborne also owned, but closed in 2010.
Osborne once described the Basement Bar to DFW.com as “a (literally) underground live-music bar with a cozy, comfy feel to it.”
An employee who answered the phone at the Basement Bar Tuesday said it’s unclear what will happen next, both with regards to any kind of public memorial and, perhaps, even the bar itself.
“We don’t know what’s going on yet,” she said during a brief conversation.
The news of Osborne’s sudden, tragic passing quickly spread across social media Monday night into Tuesday morning, as musicians and local music fans shared their memories of the man and his unassuming, but well-loved venue on Twitter and Facebook. Tuesday afternoon, Osborne’s Facebook wall was littered with remembrances, photos and poignant farewells.
“He was just one of the good guys,” singer-songwriter Jacob Furr says via email. “[He] always treated musicians with respect, made sure we were taken care of for the night’s work, and loved our music no matter what style it was. Playing the Basement Bar just always felt right. No cover charge ever, great sound, and it was always welcoming and friendly. That was all due to Todd’s personality and management of the place.
“Basement Bar was where I cut my teeth here in Fort Worth. All the things I’ve mentioned ... made it a great place for new musicians like myself who were willing to work hard to make it a good night for the bar and for our fans. It’s a special place for me and it’s all due to Todd’s personality and generosity.”
Services for Osborne will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Elgin, Okla. Osborne’s family will hold a visitation at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fletcher Funeral Home in Fletcher, Okla.
Osborne is survived by his father, Joe Osborne, of Fort Worth; his mother, Betty Osborne, of Fletcher, Okla.; two brothers, Darren and Toby Osborne; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, according to the Fletcher Funeral Home’s obituary.