謎の死を遂げたミュージシャンたち【その2】

音楽史にその名を刻むミュージシャンたちの中には、ある日突然その命を終える者も少なくない。その理由は様々だが、「不慮の事故死」として処理されたブライアン・ジョーンズをはじめ、死そのものがミステリーに包まれているのは確かだ。

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ブライアン・ジョーンズ

ローリング・ストーンズのギタリストだったブライアンは、1969年に自宅のプールで意識不明の状態で発見され、医師が現場に辿り着く前に死亡した。ブライアンの死は「不慮の事故死」として扱われたが、その日彼の家にいた人々たちは、建築業者フランク・サラグッドが殺害、または過失死させたのだと証言した。1994年に死亡したサラグッドは、改装作業のためにブライアンの家に出入りしていたが、事故当日にブライアンに解雇されたと言われている。後日警察は証拠や申告を見直し、目撃情報も整理したが、2010年にこの件について捜査を再開しないことを決定した。


マーヴィン・ゲイ

財政難、鬱、中毒に悩まされていたマーヴィン・ゲイは1983年、健康的な生活を取り戻すため家族のもとへ移った。しかしマーヴィンと彼の父との間には深い確執があり、絶えず喧嘩を繰り返す日々を送っていたという。ある日、ヒートアップしすぎた夫婦喧嘩ですっかり興奮状態にあったマーヴィンの父は、マーヴィンとの対立の後に銃を手にし、あろうことか実の息子へ向かって発砲。胸に当たった弾丸と更にとどめの一発によって、マーヴィンはそのまま帰らぬ人となった。その後、現場にいた母親を含め家族はこれが冷酷な殺人事件であると裁判所に訴えたが、父親の身体に痣があったことと、マーヴィンの体内からドラッグが検出されたことによって、父親は第一級殺人の罪は逃れた。後に「息子を愛していたか?」と質問を受けた彼は、「嫌いではなかったと言っておこう」と応えたという。

マイケル・ハッチェンス

INXSのシンガーであったマイケル・ハッチェンスの遺体は1997年、シドニーのホテル・ルームで発見された。裸のまま首をつった状態で亡くなっていたために警察はこれを自殺と断定。さらに、彼の体内にはアルコールと処方されていた薬が大量に残っていたという。当時37歳だった彼はガールフレンドのポーラ・イエーツと、娘の養育権問題でもめていたようで、担当した検死官の証言によると、死ぬ間際にマイケルは精神的に動揺し、取り乱していたとのこと。後にイエーツは、マイケルがアスフィクシオフィリアと呼ばれる、酸素を奪取して低酸素状態にすることでセクシャルな興奮を得られる性的嗜好を持っていたとし、自ら仮死状態を保ちながら陶酔している間に亡くなったのだと主張していたが、2000年に彼女もヘロインの過剰摂取によりこの世を去っている。


リッチー ・ジェームズ・エドワーズ

英国のロックバンド、マニック・ストリート・プリーチャーズのギタリストであったエドワーズは1995年2月1日、ツアーで渡米する予定だった当日に突然姿を消した。その数週間後、乗り捨てられた彼の車が発見され、当時彼の姿を見たと言うたくさんの目撃者も現れたが、依然として今日までその行方は不明なままだ。長年に及ぶ鬱病との戦いの末に自殺したのではないかという説が有力であるが、いまだにエドワーズの姿を見たと主張するファンもいるのだとか。しかし2008年、ついにバンドの広報によって「エドワーズを死んだものとみなす」という宣言がなされた。


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謎の死を遂げたミュージシャンたち【その2】

The Rolling Stones guitarist was discovered unconscious in his pool in 1969
and died before doctors arrived at his home, Cotchford Farm. Though Jones' death was ruled "death by misadventure," others -- including people who were there that night -- claim that Frank Thorogood was responsible, either maliciously or by accident. Thorogood, who died in 1994, worked as a contractor on Jones' home and was allegedly fired by the former Stone the day of the incident. After reviewing new evidence, including allegations that police altered witness statements, the police declined to reopen the case in 2010.

In 1971, the Doors singer was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment and was buried without an autopsy. His longtime girlfriend, Pamela Courson, said that he died of a heroin overdose while in the tub, though she gave several contradictory statements. In 2007, a "friend" of Morrison's said the singer actually overdosed in the bathroom of a nearby club and was carried back to the apartment by drug dealers to avoid police attention. And, of course, there are those who believe that Morrison is still alive.

Kurt Cobain's death was ruled a suicide by self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but that hasn't stopped plenty of people from claiming it was a murder. The proponents of this theory -- who often place blame on the grunge icon's wife, Courtney Love -- claim that Cobain's suicide note was finished by someone else, that he had too much heroin in his system to commit the act, that Cobain was going to cut Love out of his will, and so on. The theory seems to have died in popularity in recent years but still persists, with Cobain's grandfather even admitting he believes Kurt was murdered.

Struggling with his finances, depression and addiction, Marvin Gaye moved in with his parents in 1983 in an attempt to get healthy. He and his father, Marvin Gay Sr. (Marvin Jr. added the "e" to his last name), argued constantly, and on the day in question, things got physical after Marvin Sr. had a heated fight with his wife. After the confrontation between father and son, Marvin Sr. grabbed a gun and shot his son in the chest, then fired again, killing the Motown legend. Thanks to the bruises found on Marvin Sr. and the drugs found in his son's system, the 70-year-old avoided a first-degree murder charge and pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, though family members claimed it was a cold-blooded killing. When Marvin Sr. was asked if he loved his son, he reportedly said, "Let's say that I didn't dislike him."

INXS singer Michael Hutchence's body was discovered in a Sydney hotel by a maid in November 1997. The initial ruling was suicide, as he was found naked, hanging from a doorway in the room, which was reportedly filled with alcohol and prescription drugs. The 37-year-old had been involved in a custody battle over his daughter, Tiger Lily, with girlfriend Paula Yates, which led the coroner to determine that Hutchence was distraught at the time of his death. Yates, for her part, later claimed that Hutchence died while practicing autoerotic asphyxiation, the self-deprivation of oxygen to increase sexual pleasure. Yates died in 2000 of a heroin overdose.

What is known about the soul legend's death is that he died after being shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of Los Angeles' Hacienda Motel. Cooke allegedly burst into Franklin's office wearing only a sport jacket and underwear then attacked her. The events leading up to the shooting are even murkier: Cooke was at the motel with Elisa Boyer, who claimed that the singer tried to rape her. She fled, taking some of Cooke's clothes with her, leading to Cooke to chase her and run into Franklin's office. Boyer was later arrested for prostitution, and Cooke's thousands in cash were never recovered, lending credence to the theory that he was the victim of robbery. Either way, Franklin was exonerated in the shooting and Boyer was never charged.

British rocker Richey Edwards disappeared on Feb. 1, 1995, the day he was due to fly to the U.S. for a press tour. The Manic Street Preachers guitarist's car was found abandoned a couple weeks later, and there were plenty of purported sightings during that period. To this day, Edwards has never been found, and many speculate he committed suicide after years of battling depression. Even though fans still claim to have seen him, Edwards was declared "presumed dead" in 2008.

Tupac Shakur | Notorious B.I.G. | Jam Master Jay

Three hip-hop legends, three unsolved murders. All three are interconnected, with Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.'s deaths coming as the result of the much-hyped coastal hip-hop rivalry.
Many conspiracy theories abound, with Marion "Suge" Knight and LAPD officers being named, with somewhat convincing evidence.

Three hip-hop legends, three unsolved murders. All three are interconnected, with Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.'s deaths coming as the result of the much-hyped coastal hip-hop rivalry.
Many conspiracy theories abound, with Marion "Suge" Knight and LAPD officers being named, with somewhat convincing evidence.

In the case of Run-DMC's Jam Master Jay, prosecutors named Ronald "Tenad" Washington as an accomplice of the shooter. Washington was previously associated with the 1995 murder of Randy "Stretch" Walker, a collaborator of Shakur's.

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