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Jeff Buckley's Body Found In Memphis

June 6, 1997 12:00 AM ET

The body of missing singer Jeff Buckley washed up on shore Wednesday in Memphis. Passengers on the American Queen riverboat said they saw a body floating in the Mississippi River at the foot of Memphis' famous music row, Beale Street, around 4:30 p.m., Memphis police said. After passengers notified the crew, first mate Dave Williamson retrieved the body from the river. Buckley's road manager, Gene Bowen identified the body.

Buckley was in Memphis about to record a follow-up to his 1994 smash debut album, Grace. He had been missing since May 29 after he decided to go swimming in a Memphis marina. He and a friend, Keith Foti, were listening to music on the banks of the Mississippi River when Buckley entered the water fully clothed. After a boat came by and created a large wake, Foti got up to move the radio. When he returned, Buckley had disappeared.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

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