Ron (Pigpen) McKernan
Pigpen was a founding member of The Grateful Dead. His contributions to the band included vocals, Hammond organ, harmonica, percussion, and occasionally guitar. He played with them from 1965 to 1972.
The other members of the Grateful Dead liked to indulge in psychedelic drugs, but Ron preferred to drink alcohol. By 1971, his health had been affected by alcoholism and liver damage and doctors advised him to stop touring, and he did, for four months and then resumed touring with them in December 1971. Due to advancing poor health, he was forced to retire from touring altogether in June 1972.
His last performance as a member of The Grateful Dead was on June 17, 1972 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Ron was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Corte Madera California on March 8, 1973, at the age of 27.
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