UPDATE: This is the saddest update to a blog post I have ever had to make….
Suicide confirmed in Delp’s death By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa Thursday, March 15, 2007 – Updated: 01:29 AM EST Brad Delp lit two charcoal grills in the bathroom adjacent to his master bedroom and committed suicide via asphyxiation last week, according to New Hampshire police who yesterday confirmed that the lead singer of the band Boston took his own life. “He was a man who gave all he had to give to everyone around him, whether family, friends, fans or strangers,” the singer’s family said in a statement. “He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired. We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace.” Delp, 55, a Danvers native, left two sealed suicide notes taped to a door and letters to his family and his fiancée, Pamela Sullivan. But Atkinson, N.H., Police Lt. William Baldwin said the cops were not told why he took his life. Toxicology tests by the state medical examiner’s office showed that Delp died of carbon monoxide poisoning. “It’s very sad for all of us who loved this guy,” said ex-Extreme drummer Paul Geary, a close friend of Delp and his family. “Whenever I called him for anything he’d drop everything and help, and whenever he called me it was for someone else.” Friends said it was Delp’s constant need to help and please people that may have driven him to despair. He was literally the man in the middle of the bitter break-up of Boston – pulled from both sides by divided loyalties. Delp remained on good terms with both Tom Scholz, the MIT grad who founded the band, and Barry Goudreau, Fran Sheehan and Sib Hashian, former members of Boston who had a fierce falling out with Scholz in the early ’80s. Delp tried to please both sides by continuing to contribute his vocals to Scholz’ Boston projects while also remaining close to his former bandmates. The situation was complicated by the fact that Delp’s ex-wife, Micki, is the sister of Goudreau’s wife, Connie.
March 14, 2007 UPDATE: Boston’s Brad Delp’s Death Ruled a Suicide The family of Boston lead singer Brad Delp issued a brief statement today saying that his death last Friday was a suicide. According to Lieutenant William Baldwin of the Atkinson, New Hampshire police department, Delp took his life through intentional carbon monoxide poisoning. He left two notes, the contents of which were not released. The statement was issued on behalf of Delp’s mother, children and his fiancee, the last of whom found his body. It says, “He was a man who gave all he had to give to everyone around him, whether family, friends, fans or strangers. He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired. We take comfort in knowing that he is now, at last, at peace.”
Dear Brad took his own life….
Today is a very sad day indeed…..
Brad Delp, the lead singer for the rock band Boston, was found dead on Friday in his home in Atkinson, N.H. The Associated Press reported that a police spokesman said Mr. Delp apparently died alone and that there was no indication of foul play. The cause of death is under investigation and a report is to be released Monday, The A.P. reported. Mr. Delp was 55.
‘We have just lost the nicest guy in rock ’n’ roll’
I met Brad Delp in 1978, on the next-to-last night of their first American tour. He, Tom Sholtz and I discussed the music business at length, backstage after the show. Brad was extremely interested in my personal exploits and offered to himself as a conduit directly to the appropriate persons in Epic Records. Brad then took a pen and paper and gave me his home address, inviting me to send him any tapes or other promotional items, offering to personally present them to Epic.
That’s one point nobody’s about to argue: The singer, who was found dead Friday at his Atkinson, N.H., home at age 55, was famous for both his accessibility and the utter absence of any rock-star pretense.
I can personally attest to this fact. Brad was himself, all the time – no pretenses, no showy displays, attitude, etc. When you talked with him, you realized that this man has a genuine interest in what you say. He’s not just being polite. Brad was, in my opinion, one of the world’s most gifted singers. Afteran hour and a half of singing to a crowd of 22,000, he wasn’t evenhoarse. It was all in a day’s work for him.
We have lost a great man….
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