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Ron PIGPEN McKernan Of Grateful Dead – Death At 27

Tweet Ron “Pigpen” McKernan died on March 8, 1973 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage caused by alcoholism and congenital biliary cirrhosis. He was a founding member, songwriter, organist, harmonica player, and singer of the Grateful Dead. He was 27 years and 181 days old. He was a lover and close friend of Janis Joplin, another member of the 27 club. McKernan grave is in the Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, California. McKernan had started drinking as a teenager, and was unable to finish high school due to his problematic behavior. His love of Southern Comfort and cheap wine was … Continue reading

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