Saturday, November 18, 2006

How did Jaco die?

It's strange how so many celebrities have died in weird and unusual ways. And moreover, the deaths of musicians has been by far the strangest...Here's a short list of some unusual deaths.

Cleopatra killed herself by taking poison from a venemous snake in 30 BC
Attila the Hun bled to death on his wedding night because of a nosebleed in 453 BC
Isadora Duncan, one of the world's most legendary dancers, died by strangulation because her scarf accidentally got caught in the wheel of her lover's convertible in 1927.
Conor Clapton, little 5 year old offspring of Eric Clapton, fell out of the 53rd floor of a building in 1991.
Charlotte Bronte died of dehydration during pneumonia in 1855.
Ernest Hemingway committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun in 1961.

What about our famous musicians?
Marvin Gaye died in 1984. He was murdered by his father on his birthday!
John Glasscock died in 1979 because of a heart infection caused by an abcsessed tooth!!
Kurt Cobain killed himself in 1994.
Jimi Hendrix died of a drug overdose in 1970.
Ian Stewart and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones died due to a premature heart attack and drowning respectively.
Elvis Prestley died of a drug overdose in 1977.
Bon Scott of AC/DC died in 1980. Cause of death - Alcohol.
Hillel Slovak of RHCP died in 1988 due to a drug overdose.
John Lennon was murdered outside his apartment in New York by a fanatic in 1980.
Janis Joplin was yet another one of those who died due to a drug overdose in 1970.
Jim Morrison slipped away in his bathtub in 1971, while having a hot tub bath!! His heart failed.
Stevie Ray Vaughan died in 1990. His helicopter crashed!!

Richard, Luis and I were watching a DVD on the box set of "Weather Report" with much excitement one evening. When Jaco Pastorius came on, we all listened intently to the "world's greatest bass player"...

Suddenly I asked myself aloud, "How did Jaco die?"

Luis turned to me and said, "You don't know?"

I then learnt of his death. It's a well known fact that in the 80s, Jaco began to go mad. He showed symptoms of manic depression. He was basically clinically insane. And this was obviously worsened because of heavy drug and alcohol abuse. He suffered, his musical performances suffered.

On the 11th of September 1987, he sneaked onto stage during a Carlos Santana concert, and from what Luis tells me, started messing about on stage and was ejected from the venue of the concert. He then went to a pub where he wasn't let in. Some say he created a scene by smashing the glass doors, others say he did absolutely nothing.

But it was there that he came face to face with Luc Havan, the bouncer. This man was a hefty guy trained in the martial arts.

My eyes widened as I heard this. Could he, the world's greatest bass player, have actually been beaten to death by a bouncer outside a pub?!!?

Jaco Pastorius was hospitalised with multiple facial fractures, disfigurement of his face, probable loss of his right eye, and sustained irreversible brain damage. He slipped into a coma and was put on life support. When he showed increasing signs of "brain death", his family removed him from life support. Apparently, after the plug was pulled, his heart continued to beat for THREE HOURS!!!

Havan was charged with second degree murder and went to trial, but ended up serving only 4 months for the crime.

So that's how Jaco died.


Blogger Herr Voss said...

man i'd hate to die on my wedding night..the only time/place which i think is suitable for dying is one's deathbed. nice entry though..may the rest die in peace.

November 19, 2006 at 3:11:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger duende said...

oh. my own end is the only thing i've planned for. ah ha.
pour the so-co i say!!

November 20, 2006 at 11:58:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Ganesh said...

i'd like to die when i want to

November 20, 2006 at 12:11:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sylvan Goddess said...

oh boy...this wasn't meant to inspire comments about how you all want to die! shush! no talk of dying you three!

November 20, 2006 at 1:31:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Anonymous Ganesh said...


November 21, 2006 at 11:36:00 AM GMT+5:30  
Blogger Sylvan Goddess said...

hehehhe correct! :D

November 21, 2006 at 7:53:00 PM GMT+5:30  
Blogger vichchoobhai said...

Gosh, u sound like a mortuarian with all these gory accounts of how people died. Morbid curiosity.We die only once and let us die in style, leaving enough bank balance to take care of the greedy undertakers. Funerals come expensive these days.

November 29, 2006 at 8:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  
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