Numbers owner Robert Burtenshaw, who died on Saturday, July 27 at age 58, had been arrested late last month and faced felony cocaine charges.
According to Harris County Distict Court records, Burtenshaw was arrested July 22 by Humble police, who claimed he was in possession of between one and four grams of cocaine. A conviction in that third-degree felony case could have resulted in two to ten years in prison for the lower Westheimer nightclub icon.
Earlier today, CultureMap reported that Burtenshaw had been battling with depression, no doubt exacerbated by his latest woes, and died at his own hand near St. Mary Magdalene church in Humble.
In the immediate aftermath of Burtenshaw’s death, Numbers management and Burtenshaw’s family issued the following statement:
It has taken us awhile to come to grips with the fact that we must announce the death of our dear friend, talented dj, video extraordinaire and owner of Numbers Nightclub, Robert H. Burtenshaw, affectionately known by most as “Robot”. In case you didn’t know, Robot changed the landscape of Houston nightlife forever back in the 80′s and influenced us all to this day whether you realize it or not. To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement and to continue operating Numbers without him will be tough, but that is our intention and his wishes, so that is what we aim to do. There will be a private ceremony for close friends and family. Further details about a public memorial &/or celebration of Robot’s life will be announced soon. Robot had lost many friends to Aids so in lieu of flowers he would have wanted you to make donations to AMFAR, Aids Foundation Houston, or your favorite Aids organization. Finally, If you know somebody with depression, please try to reassure them that things will get better.
And try as hard as you possibly can to get them to seek medical / psychological help, as merely reassuring the clinically depressed is all-too-often futile.