The Mysterious Death of Michael Bloomfield
The 70s found him evermore reclusive. He played sporadically in San Francisco with old buddies Gravenites and Naftalin. There was an ill-advised Electric Flag reunion, a short-lived band called KGB and, bizarrely, scores for porn movies like Hot Nazis and Rampaging Dental Assistants.
In his personal life, Bloomfield battled crippling demons: intense insomnia (“He wouldn’t get any sleep,” Al Kooper recalled) and heroin addiction that at times robbed him of both his ability and his desire to play. “Shooting junk made everything else unimportant, null and void, nolo contendere,” he said at one point. “My playing fell apart. I just didn’t want to play.” So it came as quite a shock when his body was discovered Sunday morning at 11:00 am parked in a well-to-do neighborhood, all four doors locked in his car, dead of a cocaine and methamphetamine poisoning with an empty bottle of Valium on the passenger seat of his Chevrolet Impala. There was no suicide note found and no indication of a struggle.
Final Resting Place:
Hillside Memorial Park
6001 W Centinela Ave
Culver City, California, 90045
Grave Location:Sanctuary of Meditation, Crypt 314
Grave Location Description
As you enter the gates of the cemetery, turn right just past the office and drive to the top of the hill. With the Al Jolson crypt and waterfall to your left, turn right and walk into Courts of the Book Mausoleum. Veer left into the north wing from the rotunda and then turn right into the Corridor of Love. Walk ahead and turn right into the Sanctuary of Meditation and you will find the final resting place of Michael Bloomfield on the third row from the bottom and two columns from the end of the corridor.