Bizarre Deaths of Musicians

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  1. mike sullivan

    mike sullivan Blues Boy Thread Starter

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    Apologies for a morbid topic, and maybe this subject has already been covered on the forum before..Don't want any of those run-of-the-mill heroin overdoses, plane crashes and suicides....Looking for strange and freakish ways that resulted in the deaths of musicians...I will start off with this one...

    In 2010, Mike Edwards, who was in ELO in their early years, was killed by a hay bale...A large cylindrical bale of hay, weighing 600kg, rolled down a hillside and collided with the van he was driving...He was 62 years old.

    Does anyone know of any other peculiar ways in which musicians met their maker?
     
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  2. andy obrien

    andy obrien Forum Resident

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    Not sure how long this thread will last but...

    Didn't the guitarist from Slayer die of an infected spider bite? That's quite a 'Metal' way to go...
     
  3. Celebrated Summer

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  4. mike sullivan

    mike sullivan Blues Boy Thread Starter

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    Another musician that was killed by electrocution was Leslie Harvey from the band 'Stone the Crows', he died on stage, in 1972, when he touched a microphone that hadn't been earthed. He was the brother of Alex Harvey..Alex passed away 10 years later of heart failure. He died in the Belgian port town of Zeebrugge whilst waiting for a cross channel ferry to the UK.
     
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  5. Celebrated Summer

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    There's also Stiv Bators.

    He got hit by a car and taken to the hospital, but left before he was seen by a doctor because he felt he was OK (and didn't want to wait any longer). He died in his sleep that night.
     
  6. kreen

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    French mega-star Claude François died from electrocution in his bath, when he stood up to readjust a light fixture on the wall.
     
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  7. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever

    Terry Kath was odd. Cleaning his gun, then pointing it at his own head to prove it was not loaded. Really?
     
  8. carlwm

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    Didn't Steve Peregrine Took choke to death on a cherry? Possibly another urban myth, a la Mama Cass.
     
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  9. Dandelion1967

    Dandelion1967 My Favourite Parks Are Car Parks

    Joe Meek, one of the best producers ever, was desperate and depressed. He ended up pulling his own plug on the 8th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death (Holly was Meek's idol and he was obsessed with him). On February 3, 1967, he shot his landlady and then turned the gun on himself.
     
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  10. Avenging Robot

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    Wasn't there a rumour that Stiv had enough illicit narcotics in his system that his body didn't feel the full effects of the injuries sustained?
     
  11. Vinyl is final

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    When my daughter was 17, a producer called her and me into his office and told us her voice has the "hook" that could make her possibly a household name. However, she wanted to pursue an engineering degree and, honestly, who would want their daughter to be the next "Britney Spears" and all the baggage that came with it. I left the decision to her and, surprisingly, she declined. She went on to pursue her degree and was successful. She kept performing locally and ended up marrying a member of their band. He went on to start a very successful internet education company and they graced us with our first granddaughter.

    That lifestyle brings less risk than the music industry. It just does. Of course, she could still be killed in a minivan accident. But she's smart enough to have a minivan rather than an SUV, so at least a rollover is less likely. :)
     
  12. Philip Gruber

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    And it gets even more twisted. Meek was regarded as the British Phil Spector and there were some similarities between what they did, working independently, creating their own unique sounds and being hot tempered.

    Noticed the date when Lana Clarkson met her demise? February 3rd 2003.
     
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  13. Cool hand luke

    Cool hand luke You shoulda heard just what I seen

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    I forget the whole story, but Bobby Fuller's death was pretty bizarre. Found in a car, beaten and doused in gasoline.
     
  14. kundryishot

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    Anton Webern's death was pretty bizarre
    On 15 September 1945, back at his home during the Allied occupation of Austria, Webern was shot and killed by an American Army soldier following the arrest of his son-in-law for black market activities. This incident occurred when, three-quarters of an hour before a curfew was to have gone into effect, he stepped outside the house so as not to disturb his sleeping grandchildren, to enjoy a few draws on a cigar given to him that evening by his son-in-law. The soldier responsible for his death was U. S. Army cook PFC Raymond Norwood Bell of North Carolina, who was overcome by remorse and died of alcoholism in 1955
     
  15. pbuzby

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    There was that poor band that all died a few years ago when their car drove off a bridge, what were they called?
     
  16. Celebrated Summer

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    That's what I first read. I read it in a Mick Farren column in Trouser Press in 1981 titled "The Unknown Rock Star." But other sources since then say drugs.
     
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  17. Spinal Tap Drummer, Peter James Bond, exploded on stage.

     
  18. Philip Gruber

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    Another one who was killed the same way was John Rostill, bassist with The Shadows... he was working alone in his home studio and next morning was discovered by his old bandmate Bruce Welch slumped against the door, bass in hand wearing headphones, having suffered a fatal electric shock.
     
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  19. Philip Gruber

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    The story goes that Took had just received a royalty check and treated himself to a fresh supply of drugs and got so stoned, he was incapable of realising he was in danger, so had he not done the drugs he might have lived.
     
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  20. mike sullivan

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    Never forgetting that long list of all those Spinal Tap drummers that died in extraordinary circumstances,,,A bizarre gardening accident, spontaneously combusting on stage, choking on someone else's vomit, devoured by a pet python LOL
     
  21. carlwm

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    Viola Beach.
     
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  22. davebush

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    Jazz trombonist, Frank Rosolino - shot both his sons (one died, the other was blinded), then turned the gun on himself.
     
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  23. skinnyev

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    Blaze Foley had a strange death, shot by the son of his friend who apparently shook him down for his social security cheque. I think he got off on self defence, it’s a bizarre story.
     
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  24. mike sullivan

    mike sullivan Blues Boy Thread Starter

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    Randy California from the band Spirit drowned in a rip current in Hawaii..He had successfully rescued his 12 year old son from the rip current by pushing him to shore but he was unable to save himself.
     
  25. carlwm

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    Glenn Miller, after his plane, which was en-route to Paris, disappeared over the English Channel.

    Current best guess is that the plane's carburetor iced up, causing its engines to fail.
     
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