27 june 2002 Good By John Entwistle


The bass player from the Who, John Entwistle, died in a fashion any self respecting rock legend would be proud of: from a heart condition brought on by taking cocaine during a night of debauchery with a Las Vegas stripper.Tewkesbury coroner’s court in rural Gloucestershire, a far cry from the suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, where the guitarist was found dead on June 27 , heard that Entwistle had taken a moderate quantity of the drug three or four hours before he died.Although it was not enough to cause death by overdose, the coroner, Lester Maddrell, concluded that the effect of the cocaine on a pre-existing but undiagnosed heart condition had been enough to kill Entwistle.The court heard that the 57-year-old musician had spent the evening before he died in the bar of the hotel with friends and groupies . The group, notorious for living life to excess during their heyday in the 60s and 70s, were on the eve of a US tour.


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