Jerome John Garcia was an American musician, best known for being a principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist with the rock band Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s.
Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader of the band.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the Grateful Dead.
Jerry Garcia cause of death: How did Jerry Garcia die?
Garcia died in his room at the rehabilitation clinic on August 9, 1995. The cause of death was a heart attack.
Garcia had long struggled with drug addiction, weight problems, sleep apnea, heavy smoking, and diabetes—all of which contributed to his physical decline. Lesh remarked that, upon hearing of Garcia’s death, “I was struck numb. I had lost my oldest surviving friend, my brother.” Garcia’s funeral was held on August 12, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere.
It was attended by his family, the remaining Grateful Dead members, and their friends, including former pro basketball player Bill Walton and musician Bob Dylan. Deborah Koons barred two of Garcia’s former wives from the ceremony.
On August 13, about 25,000 people attended a municipally sanctioned public memorial at the Polo Fields of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Crowds produced hundreds of flowers, gifts, images, and a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” in remembrance. In the Haight, a single white rose was reportedly tied to a tree near the Dead’s former Haight-Ashbury house, where a group of followers gathered to mourn.
On the morning of April 4, 1996, after a total lunar eclipse earlier that day, Weir and Deborah Koons accompanied by Sanjay Mishra, spread half of Garcia’s ashes into the Ganges at the holy city of Rishikesh, India, a site sacred to Hindus. The remaining ashes were poured into the San Francisco Bay. Koons did not allow former wife Carolyn Garcia to attend the spreading of the ashes.