#37 Keith Moon
Born: August 23rd, 1946
Died: September 7th, 1978
Age at death: 32
Cause of death: Heminevrin overdose
On the afternoon of September 7th, 1978, musician Keith Moon was found dead by his girlfriend Annette Walter Lax at his apartment in London. Police determined that there were 32 clomethiazole pills in Moon’s system. Six were digested, sufficient to cause his death, while the other 26 were undigested when he died. Moon was taking clomethiazole to alleviate his alcohol withdrawal symptoms, but was instructed by his doctor instructing to only take one pill when he felt a craving for alcohol but not more than three pills per day.
Moon was the drummer for the English rock band The Who. Recognized for his eccentric drumming style, which emphasized tom-toms, cymbal crashes, and drum fills, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history in a 2011 Rolling Stone readers’ poll. In 1982, he was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame.