This page is a tribute to the rock-and-roll musicians whose deaths came to the attention of my fellow police-pathologists.
In some cases, I have examined the death investigation paperwork and/or autopsy reports. Some were done masterfully (for example, Dr. Noguchi's workup of John Belushi's death). Others might have been handled differently.
Each person memorialized on this page possessed extraordinary abilities which brought happiness to millions of people.
Each death presents a warning. And from the declining last months of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix to the sudden deaths of others at the heights of their abilities, each loss has taken something away from the rest of us.
The graphics on this page are from my loud, boisterous, blunt-spoken, and music-intensive one-hour show, which surveys the problem, and focuses in some depth on the death investigations of Jim Morrison, Karen Carpenter, Janis Joplin, and John Belushi. Audiences of doctors have enjoyed it. Kids have enjoyed it. It's free to school, church, community, and similar audiences in the Kansas City area.
Almost all of these people sang about "love", and many of them talked a lot about loving the human race. Fewer of them ever showed much kindness to the real people around them.
Still, visitor... honor their memories. Whatever their faults and tragedies, the dead rock stars have left us a legacy of beauty.
Thanks for the good times.
Karen Carpenter stands out from most (not all)
of the others as a genuinely decent human being.
troubles she may have had, her autopsy is inconsistent
with the claim that her death was due to anorexia nervosa.
Ed's pathology notes
Ed's autopsy page
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