Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
News

Joe Strummer Died From Heart Attack In His Sleep

By Long Paul, Program Director
Monday, December 23, 2002 @ 6:30 AM


No Drugs Involved

- advertisement -
From E online:

by Josh Grossberg

It was a drug-free passing.

That's the word from a British coroner who has ruled that Clash singer-guitarist Joe Strummer died in his sleep of a heart attack.

And unlike many of his rock predecessors, Strummer's death was not drug-related, according to coroner Michael Rose, who announced his findings after conducting the autopsy last Tuesday.

The singer, who cowrote some of the Clash's most politically charged anthems, including "London Calling," "Death and Glory" and "Know Your Rights," died December 21 in his home in Somerset, England, at the age of 50.

At the time, his record label issued a statement saying Strummer "passed away peacefully."

Despite the Clash's rebellious image, Strummer led a fairly straight life, reportedly preferring the occasional toke of marijuana to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine. He was also very much a family man to those who knew him.

"This may be an unfashionable thing to say, but Joe Strummer was incredibly well brought-up and supposedly a really nice bloke," Andy Pemberton, editor of music magazine Blender, told USA Today. Pemberton noted that the rocker often helped ticketless fans get into concerts and even pitched in cleaning his own tour bus.

A memorial service will take place Monday for the rocker, whose remains have been cremated.

Meanwhile, the eulogies continue to pour in for Strummer, who was born John Graham Mellor in Ankara, Turkey.

"That heart of his always worked too hard," wrote the Who's Pete Townshend on his Website. "He's been making great music lately. I will really miss him." (Townshend lost his own bassist, John Entwistle, to a cocaine-fueled heart stoppage last June.)

"Without the Clash, the whole political edge of punk would have been severely dulled," British folk-rocker Billy Bragg told Launch.com.

U2's Bono, who collaborated with Strummer on the song "48864" honoring former South African President, Nelson Mandela, which they were supposed to perform together at a February 2 AIDS benefit concert, issued a statement praising Strummer and his bandmates as visionaries.

"The Clash were the greatest rock band," Bono said. "They wrote the rule book for U2."

Moby, meanwhile, offered the following on his Web diary: "[Strummer] had such a big heart and was without question one of the most important musicians of the last 50 years. Can you even imagine a world in which the Clash hadn't existed?"

The Clash is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame early next year.


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
In Memorium: WARREL DANE Passes Away At 56
POWERFLO Premieres New Video "Less Than A Human"
Sold Out SHIPROCKED 2018 Adds More Artists To Stellar Lineup
Vocalist LIV KRISTINE Joins MIDNATTSOL
FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL V Lineup Announced
HARM'S WAY Confirm North America Headline Tour
ALICE COOPER Premieres "The Sound Of A" Video
THERION Reveal Artwork, Info On Beloved Antichrist
ROCKLAHOMA Reveals 2018 Band Lineup
ALICE IN CHAINS Reveal Initial Headline Tour Dates For 2018
EKTOMORF Unveil New Album Fury
SKINLAB Announce 2018 'Brothers In Blood Tour'
EDEN'S CURSE To Release Persecution 10 CD Box Set
LADY BEAST Unleash "Vicious Breed" Video
POWERWOLF Announce First Dates For "Wolfsnächte Tour" 2018
ANOTHER LOST YEAR Debut "Call It Like It Is" Video
MARK SLAUGHTER Streams Solo Album Title Track
JOE PERRY To Perform Special "JOE PERRY AND FRIENDS" Record Release Show In LA
MONTE PITTMAN Launches "Be Very Afraid" Video
SAVAGE MESSIAH Eat Your Heart Out With New Video
MONSTER MAGNET Unveil New Mindfucker Album
THE CONTORTIONIST Announce The 'Clairvoyant 2018 North American Tour'
OBITUARY Share "Brave" Music Video
Learn Mix Magic With BOB MARLETTE’s Tutorial
SHIRAZ LANE Set To Release Carnival Days Album
MILLENIUM Release New Album Awakening
FATES WARNING Launch Tour Trailer For January Dates
MAGNUM Stream New Single "Without Love"
ANTHRAX Set To Release Kings Among Scotland Live DVD In April
JOE PERRY Streams New "Aye, Aye, Aye" Single
AL JOURGENSEN Announces New MINISTRY Album, AmeriKKKant
NORTHERN INVASION Announces 2018 Band Lineup
SAVAGE MACHINE Reveal Abandon Earth Album Details
MACHINE HEAD Drop "Catharsis" Video
METALSTEEL Go Beyond The Stars On New Album
MYLES KENNEDY Releases New Album Title Track Video
VOODOO CIRCLE Set For New Raised On Rock Album
NAPALM DEATH Announce Coded Smears And More Uncommon Slurs Compilation Release
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Stream New Track "Hell On Earth"
RANDOM EYES Reveal Grieve No More Album Details
SPIDER ROCKETS Return To Make You "Sick"
SMALL TOWN TITANS Give "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" A Dark, Blues-Soaked Update
PRIMITIVE RACE Share Track "Dancing On The Sun" In Honor Of Late Front Man, CHUCK MOSLEY
SoCal's NOVAREIGN To Release New Album, Legends
A KILLER'S CONFESSION Set To Embark On "A Very Killer Christmas Tour"





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2017 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News