Keith Godchaux

Keith Godchaux
Ron “Pigpen” Mc Kernan
Brent Mydland
These guys all had one thing in common, they were all keyboard players for the Grateful Dead. Apparently a tough assignment. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan , one of the original members died from cirrhosis of the liver March 8th, 1973 at the age of 27. Keith Godchaux died in a car crash on July 23rd, 1980 at the age of 32 after leaving the band. (Deadheads in the know maintain he and his wife donna was asked to leave). Brent Mydland was found dead on the floor of his home July 26st,1990 at the age of 38 from a “speedball” overdose. DEATHROCK UPDATE: Deadheads have been up in arms about certain inaccuracies in my write-up. Here’s the juicy tid-bits worth noting: The Godchaux’s were indeed ask to leave. Donna had a good voice but was constantly off key. Keith would pass out on the keyboards after over consuming southern comfort. Brent’s keyboard bench was 10 years old. It smashed into a a hundred peices when someone else tried to use it after his death.

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