Jeff Porcaro: Age 38 | Cause Of Death: FARMING


(b. 01 April 1954, d. 05 August 1992)

“A lot of rumors surrounded Jeff Porcaro’s sudden death which ranged from mysterious poisoning to drug overdose: “Jeff died from inhaling poisonous fumes from a dangerous insecticide,” David Paich explains.  “He was setting out a barbecue in his garden. Jeff thought that he could handle the poison without expert advice and, moreover, without protective clothing or a mask. Shortly beforehand he had taken a hot shower and this contributed to his death.”

Michael Einhorn has this to add:

Jeff Porcaro, drummer for the rock band Toto, died of hardening of the arteries caused by cocaine use–not from an allergic reaction to a pesticide as originally reported, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Thursday,
The 38-year-old rock star fell ill after spraying insecticide in the yard of his Hidden Hills home Aug. 5, and died that evening at Humana Hospital-West Hills.