.

Cocaine Found in Entwistle's Body

Coroner says drug contributed to Who bassist's death

July 26, 2002 12:00 AM ET

Who bassist John Entwistle, who died of a heart attack on June 27th in Las Vegas, was discovered to have cocaine in his system.

According to a new statement by Nevada's Clark County coroner Ron Flud, a "significant amount of cocaine" was discovered in Entwistle's system precipitating the fatal heart attack. The cocaine caused a contraction of coronary arteries already damaged by heart disease -- a condition for which Entwistle, who was fifty-seven, had been taking medication.

Entwistle and the Who were in Las Vegas for the opening of the band's three-month tour, which was scheduled to begin the next day, and was found dead in his bed at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The Who have continued the tour with replacement bassist Pino Palladino and are scheduled to play tonight in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com