Chad Jeremy Holt

October 3, 1972August 18, 2019

Chad Jeremy Holt, 46, of Austin, Texas, died August 18, 2019. He is survived by his children Jessica Burnie, Shay Holt and their mother, Lisa Burnie; granddaughter Maya Mohle; parents Bo and Johnnie Holt; sister Ashley Cuellar (Matthew); nephew Holt Cuellar and niece Carter Cuellar; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, and a multitude of cherished friends.

Chad was born in Galveston, Texas, at St. Mary's Hospital on October 3, 1972. His early childhood years were spent in La Marque, Texas. He graduated from Brazoswood High School and the University of Texas at Austin. He was employed by the law firm Been/Reposa and was the creator, publisher, writer and co-founder of Whoopsy! Magazine. Chad was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Throughout his life he was a dedicated UT and Houston Astros fan and a serious movie buff. He had an amazing memory of sports and movie trivia and hosted Football Karaoke on the air for years.

A constant contributor to the cultural fabric of Austin’s underground music and arts scene, Chad was committed to his creative output through his writing in Whoopsy! Magazine (drawing comparisons to Hunter S. Thompson from the New York Times), his bands, as well as his participation in the iconic 90s cult film Rock Opera and the critically acclaimed documentary about his life Total Badass. His annual Whoopsy! Fest parties hosted hundreds of bands throughout the years and brought together many facets of the underground music and arts scene. Chad was fiercely loyal to his family and friends, and had a magnificently brilliant mind and a huge heart. The world has truly lost some of its magic with his passing, and, on August 18, 2019, Austin became noticeably less.

A memorial service is scheduled on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 1:00 PM at St. Austin Catholic Parish (2026 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas 78705). Immediately afterward, The Lost Well (2421 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702) will host a gathering of friends and loved ones who wish to celebrate the life, love, spirit, and creative genius that was Chad Holt. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to the charity of your choice. To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit


  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, August 24, 2019

  • Gathering of Friends and Family Immediately Following the Service

    Saturday, August 24, 2019


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Dan McCoy

October 12, 2019

I'm heartbroken! I have numerous crazy life affirming stories of myself and Chad! Love and much respect! Miss you!

Heather Elliott Ware

August 24, 2019

I met Chad when I was at UT many years ago. We lost touch over the years, but I always considered him a dear friend. Our birthdays were a day apart and I have fond memories of us celebrating together with all our friends. I still think about the birthday we spent watching Dazed and Confused at the theater in Dobie Dorm.
I’m fortunate that have known you. You’ll be missed old friend. Thanks for the good memories.

Melissa Brannon

August 24, 2019

My dear friend Chad. You are missed and loved. Forever in my memories, forever in my heart.

Martha Bennett

August 24, 2019

My memories of Chad will be with me forever. One of the smartest but crazy men I knew! I’ve never seen someone embrace his intelligence the way he did. He also was one that pushed the envelope in anything he did which allowed him to live each day as it came, no matter the consequence. As he posted his mug shots with honor every time! Lol He made friends with everyone. He was there to meet me Anytime I came back to Austin to visit and I’ll never forget, He argued with any of my friends I brought that dared to talk politics with him, but never got nasty just held strong in what he believed! He will always be remembered and I am terribly sad I can’t make the funeral today. Long Live my guy Chad Holt! I love you and hope to see you again one day!

Will Evans

August 23, 2019

I remember this kid in 7th grade who wore a red button up Op shirt with a big colorful parrot on the back. I thought “ who is this dorky dude?” When I realized his love for metal music, we hit it off immediately. From there it grew into a brotherhood and I have a big ole hole in my heart now. His laugh was the best and you would hear it best whenever a situation would go sideways or he was able to take your comfort zone and set it on fire. He was a vault for your secrets and if he confided in you, then you were close to him. I loved how he lived completely honest,
Chad, you made me feel special being your friend and I look forward to seeing you on the other side. Love you buddy.

Anne Heller

August 23, 2019

I have known Chad since 1995 or ‘96. He was a neighbor on the street where I lived. I booked his band several times in shows with my band at Room 710. He was the editor of the magazine for which I wrote. He was among my film group friends. I saw him at rock shows constantly. He was always kind, friendly and knowledgeable. His vocal performances were always stunningly over the top. I have nothing but respect and love for Chad.
When my ex-husband left me, Chad was always checking on me to make sure I was alright. He made special efforts to include me in his projects and plans, at a time when I felt abandoned by everyone. He got paying videography jobs for me through his work for lawyer Adam Reposa and with filmmaker Bob Ray for many years after I was told by my ex that I would never work in the industry again. I am forever grateful for Chad’s loyalty and support as a friend. Despite his womanizing reputation, he was always a perfect gentleman around me and always treated me with respect and sweetness. I loved the adventures we shared, even if they turned a little scary from time to time.
I really loved Chad’s speaking voice, which was comforting and mischievous at the same time. I will miss his grandiose creative plans and their descriptions, many of which were surprisingly realized close to their ambitious mark. I am proud to have been involved in and / or witness to so many of his projects. Chad was a unique free spirit with a very interesting set of morals, but those morals were taken seriously and were more fiercely adhered to than the morals that many religious hypocrites espouse. In turn, I often felt like a sister to Chad and really cherished his advice and viewpoints. I loved his gonzo attitude and am thankful that I had the opportunity to be in his inner circle from time to time. Chad was a great friend whom I miss terribly.

Robin Carlton

August 22, 2019

Chad was part of the "gang" with my son Meek, Will, Mike , and others. They were all crazy. but a great group of guys (and gals). All of them remained friends over the years. I know he will be missed by all who knew him. and prayers to his family and all of his friends.

Sean Speed

August 21, 2019

Bo and Johnnie, I'm very sorry to hear of Chad's passing. I've known of him for years and although we were not that close in age and didn't run in the same circles, I've always felt like I knew him due to the connections my mom had with you two.

Chad packed a lot of living into 46 years and it shows by the memories that people are sharing here. He was definitely not a wallflower and seems to have never met a stranger and always made the effort to be engaging to everyone he came into contact with. Anyone who has met his parents will realize it is an inherited trait, and there are a lot of people that have good memories of Chad because of it.

Please know you have been in my thoughts since I found out. It's very personal to me when someone loses the battle, and this time even more than usual.

Mary Morgan

August 21, 2019

Chad was, indeed, one of a kind. Beautifully complex, loving, and a creative soul that blessed us with his life. I am so grateful to have visited with him for awhile last year at the Disch. Don’t think I’d seen him since his Brazoswood days. Prayers for God’s peace.

Ted King

August 21, 2019

Deepest sympathies and prayers of comfort to the Holt family. Chad was an amazing guy. Grateful for meeting him in 2003. It was always a joy to be in his presence. Was able to spend quality time with him in these recent months. We always spoke of our sons and the blessings they are. Chad was a father before me, and he often had good advice to share.
Always was a big fan of his writing. Loved the movie "Total Badass" and recall attending a couple of special screenings. I kept a movie poster rolled up that will be framed and hung in my apartment. Quite sure it's signed by Chad and Bob.
Will miss you for now, Chad. Want to see you and Cedric Benson on the other side.
Peace and love to all ~ TK