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Many initially believed McKernan to have passed away due to cirrhosis of the liver caused by excessive drinking, however, this is not true as it has been confirmed he actually succumbed to Crohn’s disease, an inflammation of the small intestine, which also claimed the life of his brother, Kevin. Pigpen was found dead at his home in Corte Madera, California of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage on March 8, 1973.
Final Resting Place:
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
695 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, California, 94306
Grave Location:Hillview Section, Block 16, Lot 311
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery look for Almond Drive. Pigpen’s grave is in the Hillview Section, Section 16 on the right side of Almond Drive. Look for the plots along the road is labeled “Ramirez” and “Lien” and count two rows in and one of the original founders of the Grateful Dead can be found there.
Grave Location GPS37.39835903586924, -122.12776643076451
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Ron McKernan:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The tragic death of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's house, Santa Catalina Street, Palo Alto, CA
- Ten Years Gone - Death had no mercy for Pigpen
- Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan's 12 greatest Grateful Dead songs
- For Sale: Ron “Pigpen” McKernan | Stage-used Wurlitzer
- Grateful Compendium - Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
- Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Apartment Demos
- Pigpen was Heart and Soul of Grateful Dead
- Bob Weir Discusses Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Janis Joplin’s Romance
Videos Featuring Ron McKernan:
popular name: Louis Prima
date_of_death: August 24, 1978
cause_of_death: Cerebral hemorrhage followed by a 3 year waking coma
best_know_for: Proud son of Italian immigrants and a talented band leader, trumpter, composer and singer Louis Prima developed his talent earning the title "King of the Vegas Lounges" and "The Wildest Act in Las Vegas." With poker-faced Keely Smith's cool image and melodic vocals coupled with Prima's inspired clowning and factured Italian dialect scat singer augmented by the backing band of Sam Butera and the Witnesses, Prima would wail wildly into the wee hours of the morning.
popular name: Sandy Denny
date_of_death: April 21, 1978
cause_of_death: Traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage and blunt force trauma from several falls
best_know_for: Sandy Denny has been described as the pre-eminent British folk rock singer who was successful as a solo artist and as the lead singer of the British folk rock band Fairport Convention. For most fans of classic rock, she is remembered as the only female voice to ever grace a Led Zeppelin song. Sadly she suffered from depression, alcoholism, and self-harm which took it's toll on her personal and professional life. She died after a series of falls from stairwells that were labeled "accidental" by the coroners office.
popular name: Jerome Kern
date_of_death: November 11, 1945
cause_of_death: Cerebral hemorrhage
best_know_for: If he had only written the score for Showboat, Jerome Kern's position as a musical genius would be secure. Instead he also wrote Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Way You Look Tonight and countless other songs for Broadway and the movies. Later in life he worked in Hollywood with Dorothy Fields and Johnny Mercer, creating Oscar-winning works with the films Swingtime and Lady Be Good. While in Hollywood Kern wrote hit songs for Dinah Shore, Glenn Miller, Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby. It all came to a sudden end when while walking to rehearsals for a revival of Showboat he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while walking at the corner of Park Avenue and 57th Street. He never regained consciousness and his long-time friend Oscar Hammerstein II remained at his side until his death six days later, all the while humming one of Kern’s favorite songs they had written together, “I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star”.