R.J. Vealey

Birth Name:
Robert Jason Vealey
Birth Date:
September 29, 1962
Birth Place:
Charleston, West Virginia
Death Date:
November 13, 1999
Place of Death:
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Cause of Death:
Heart Attack due to chronic cocaine abuse
Cemetery Name:
Crestlawn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
R. J. Vealey was a respected studio drummer and former member of Roy Orbison's backing band who joined the Atlanta Rhythm Section in 1995. After the Atlanta Rhythm Section had finished an afternoon set at a concert festival in Orlando, Florida, the 37-year-old drummer complained of indigestion and then collapsed and died of a heart attack. It was later determined that the young drummer died from prolonged and abusive cocaine consumption. The former drummer for Roy Orbison died on his daughter's first birthday.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Crestlawn Cemetery

2000 Marietta Boulevard Northwest

Atlanta, Georgia, 30318


North America

Grave Location:

Jewish Summit, Section: Ahavath Achim

Grave Location Description

As you drive up to the Jewish Summit, park at the top of the hill and R.J. can be found approximately 20 feet off the road.



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