In the End …
On September 24, 1980 Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for a tour of North America, to begin October 17th in Montreal, Canada; it was the band’s first tour since 1977. During the journey, Bonham asked to stop for breakfast, where he drank four quadruple vodka screwdrivers (16 shots between 400 and 560 ml). He then continued to drink heavily after arriving at rehearsals. The band stopped rehearsing late in the evening and then went to Page’s house, the Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor. After midnight on September 25th, Bonham fell asleep; Rex King and Jimmy Page’s assistant Albert Hobbs took him to bed and placed him on his side. Led Zeppelin tour manager Benji LeFevre and bassist John Paul Jones found him unresponsive the next afternoon. Bonham was later pronounced dead at 32 years old.
The inquest on October 27, 1980 showed that in 24 hours, Bonham had consumed around 40 shots (1–1.4 litres) of 40% ABV vodka, after which he vomited and choked (a condition known as pulmonary aspiration). The finding was accidental death. A post-mortem found no other recreational drugs in Bonham’s body.
Final Resting Place:
St. Michael and All Angels Church Rushock
Droitwich, , WR9 0NP
Grave Location Description
As you face the church tower, walk around to the left and 50 feet to your left, under a tree, you will find the well-adorned final resting place of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest drummer – John Bonham. Take note that his funeral took place in this very church.
Grave Location GPS52.33886063422909, -2.17085819507734
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