Coroner confirms Grateful Dead keyboardist death
Vince Welnick peforming with the Grateful Dead
at UNLV's Silver Bowl Stadium, Las Vegas, May 21, 1995.
Photo(s) by Stephen Dorian
By James Lanaras, Bay City News Service
June 7, 2006
SANTA ROSA (BCN) - The Sonoma County Coroner's Office
confirmed today that former Grateful Dead keyboardist Vince Welnick
committed suicide Friday at his Forestville home.
Coroner's Sgt. Will Wallman said Welnick's family has requested
that no other details be released. The autopsy was completed on
Welnick played keyboards for the Grateful Dead between 1990 and
1995 when guitarist Jerry Garcia died. He also played with the
San Francisco band The Tubes and with Todd Rungren before joining
the Grateful Dead.
After Garcia died, Welnick played with the Grateful Dead's Bob
Weir and Mickey Hart. On the Grateful Dead Web site, the band
said, "His service to and love for the Grateful Dead were
heart felt and essential. He had a loving soul and a joy in music
that we were lucky to share. We grieve especially for his widow
Lori and his sister Nancy, and the rest of his family.
"May the four winds blow him safely home.''
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