Saturday, February 28, 2009

Death and the Dead

This is the third installment in a series about a book I'm reading called Stories Done, which is a great collection of tales of excess from counter-culture leaders.

Death hovered over The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia his whole life. As a young boy, he watched his father, Spanish immigrant Jose "Joe" Garcia, swept away to his death in a California river while on a fishing trip.

His mother, Ruth, died in a car accident in 1970 near Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

After trying for years to kick his heroin and cocaine addictions, Garcia was found unconscious by a rehab clinic counselor on August 9, 1995. He had died of a heart attack in his sleep "with a smile on his face," according to his wife.

Photo by Toby Talbot/AP

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