On March 3, 1986, The Band played a concert at the Cheek to Cheek Lounge outside Orlando, in Winter Park, Florida. The next day, Richard Manuel was found dead in his room at the Quality Inn & Suites Winter Park Village Area.
According to the autopsy report, sometime between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m. Richard slipped the end of a belt through the buckle and around his neck. He looped the other end of the belt twice around the shower curtain rod. Then, police say, he simply sat down hard.
A blood toxicology report indicated that Manuel was drunk and had ingested cocaine the day he died.
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626 Lee Rd.
Orlando FL 32810