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Crash and Burn

The Most Untimely Death of a White-Hot Germ

December 03, 2000|ALLISON ADATO

Ghaffari: The morning of the night he killed himself, I went over and I woke him up. He made a big deal about hugging me, saying, "Good to see you." The next day I got a call from our friend Malissa. She was crying and said, "He did it." The site of his death was this girl's mother's pool house--the girl who accepted Darby's suicide pact. Either he didn't want to be alone when he died, or else he needed help paying for the $400 worth of heroin. I don't think he had any intention of letting the person with him die. She woke up and found him. There was a note. He didn't die in the shape of a cross, if anybody tells you that. Malissa was there and she would have told me. He was just dead. I helped his mom figure out what he should be buried in and who should come to the funeral. I don't think she ever went to see them play, but she was supportive of him. He had a couple sisters, nice, normal. I had my parents drive me to Malissa's house. That's where I was when I heard about John Lennon being shot.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday December 10, 2000 Home Edition Los Angeles Times Magazine Page 4 Times Magazine Desk 1 inches; 21 words Type of Material: Correction
The magazine incorrectly credited the photographs of Darby Crash that ran in the So SoCal section on Dec. 3. The photographs were taken by Frank Gargani.

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Cervenka: It was like Darby was saying, "Hey, guys, look, I'm immortal." Then John Lennon died. "Oh, wait. You're not." X was leaving on our first U.S. tour. Everywhere we went we heard "Imagine" or a Beatles song. Every truck stop, every diner, that's all anyone was talking about. It was really annoying. Of course I listened to the Beatles--I'm an American. When you're a little girl and you hear the Beatles for the first time, you're transformed forever. But my focus was on my friend. Not to put down John Lennon, but someone we loved had died.

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Bolles: Darby was known for not singing with the band during live performances. We played real fast and, if you were drunk, there's no way to keep up. When I heard about Lennon, I just thought, "Great timing as usual, Mr. Crash."

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Mullen: I felt shock, then sadness. I thought, "You bloody little idiot, you didn't need to do that. But you double-chumped it. You had to pick a day when a Beatle gets it in the head."

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Ghaffari: None of us thought we were going to live to be old. The attitude then was, "There is no future." It allowed us to live fully, do what we wanted to do. I wouldn't recommend it today. I never pictured my wedding. I never pictured my kids. Those days were the most important time in my life until I had kids. It was the most vital time. It was so ours. Now I want people to know about it. I also want people to know that, yes, there is a future.

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