It was 45 years ago today that the music world lost @Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, a fo…

Written by on March 8, 2018


It was 45 years ago today that the music world lost @Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, a founding member of the Grateful Dead.

Unlike the other members of the Dead, Ron avoided psychedelic drugs, preferring to drink alcohol (namely whiskey and wine). By 1971, his health had been affected by alcoholism and liver damage and doctors advised him to stop touring. He continued to perform live with the Grateful Dead as often as possible, but was forced to retire from touring altogether in mid-1972.

Ron was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on March 8, 1973. He was only 27 years old.

RIP Ron. We wish we could have heard more of your music.

That damn ’27’ club…..




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