August 11, 1990 |
A lethal mixture of morphine and cocaine commonly known as a "speedball" killed Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, a coroner reported Friday. The cause of death was "acute cocaine and narcotic intoxication," said the report released by Richard Rainey, Contra Costa County coroner. Mydland, 37, was found dead in his home in the east San Francisco suburb of Lafayette on July 26.
August 6, 1990 |
Grateful Dead Member's Will: Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland, who died of undetermined causes last month, excluded his two young daughters and his estranged wife from his $2-million estate. "I have intentionally omitted to provide for any person who is an heir of mine," Mydland wrote in a will executed March 12, according to documents filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court. Mydland named James Whitmer, an old friend, as administrator of the estate.
August 16, 1990 |
The Grateful Dead, searching for a replacement after keyboardist Brent Mydland's fatal drug overdose, has turned to an old and well-known friend: singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby. Hornsby, in a statement released today through his record company, confirmed he will be sitting in on keyboards for selected Dead dates in the near future, including the band's run at Madison Square Garden, Sept. 15-20.
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June 4, 2006 |
Vince Welnick, 51, the Grateful Dead's last keyboard player and a veteran musician in several other bands, including the Tubes and the Missing Man Formation, died Friday, Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally said. The cause of death was not announced for Welnick, who lived in the Sonoma County town of Forestville. He was the last in a line of Grateful Dead keyboardists, several of whom died prematurely, leading some of the group's many fans to conclude that the position came with a curse.