WILMINGTON, N.C. — A bar popular with gay patrons has lost its alcohol license after a fatal accident involving a local DJ. The bar’s manager has said they have closed and are hoping to retain an attorney.

Will Harry “Bill” Simmons, 42,¬†was killed in a fatal car accident on Thursday, Sept. 27. According to a Facebook post by The Toolbox Bar manager Phil Sopranos, Simmons had one beer and three shots of liquor before leaving the bar, driving downtown and then driving home. He was killed during the 25-mile drive from downtown and his home, the bar said.

On Friday, Oct. 3, Sopranos announced on the bar’s Facebook profile that it was closed “because of what happened to Dj Bill.”

In a follow-up message Saturday, Sopranos said its license had been revoked by state alcohol officials.

“Dj Bill Simmons came in on a Thursday night he had one beer and three shots of liquor then he went to downtown Wilmington for nondisclosure reason then he proceeded to drive 25 miles to his house where he had a fatal car wreck,” the bar said on Facebook, “therefore ALE came in tonight and took our temporary license so until further notice we cannot sell liquor but we are returning on Monday to find out if they can do that I will update everybody next week.”

Sopranos declined further comment to qnotes.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.