I really wish that this was just all just a nightmare and that I would wake up tommorrow and it would be gone, but that is not likely to happen. Apparently, drummer Bill Berry has left R.E.M. I am deeply greiving his departure, and I know my sentiments are shared by many others in the online R.E.M. community.
These sites have all the info. I will add more as I find them.
Athens News & Entertainment Today | Rolling Stone | CNN
Addicted To Noise #1 | Addicted To Noise #2 | MTV OnLine
Transcript of Chat with R.E.M. on AOL - October 31, 1997