Tag Archive | Heart Failure

Remembering Randy Rhoads and Paul Kossoff


Randy Rhoads

On This Date, March 19th in 1982: Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in Leesburg, FL when the plane crashed into Osbourne’s tour bus. The pilot Andrew Aycock – who caused the crash by trying to “buzz” the top of the bus as a prank –  and hairdresser Rachel Youngblood were also killed. Rhoads was 25 years old. Free guitarist Paul Kossoff also died on this day in 1976, also at age 25, after suffering a drug-related heart attack while on a flight to Los Angeles. RIP to two great young talents lost way too soon.

Paul Kossoff Portrait

Remembering Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer Memorial Mural, 7th Street at Avenue A, NYC

On This Date, December 22nd, in 2002: Joe Strummer, singer and guitarist for The Clash died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect after walking his dog in Broomfield, U.K. He was 50 years old

Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer Reading

Strummer in London, 1978

Joe Strummer (born John Graham Mellor), singer and guitarist for The Clash was born on this day, August 21st in 1952. Strummer died of heart failure on December 22, 2002.

Remembering Elvis Presley

Elvis Young
Young Elvis: I’d Do It

On This Date, August 16th, in 1977: Elvis Presley left the building for the last time when he was found dead, laying on the floor of his bathroom at Graceland. The official cause of death was heart failure. He was 42 years old.