Keith Moon: Age 31 | Cause Of Death: POOR MAINTENANCE

The Who

(b. 23 August 1947, Wembley, London, England, d. 7 September 1978)

As the unpredictable, madcap drummer in the Who, Keith Moon cultivated a reputation as one of rock’s great characters. Tales of destruction were legendary, but Moon was now increasingly debilitated by drug and alcohol abuse, and his professional life inevitably suffered. Indeed Music Must Change, a track on WHO ARE YOU (1978), was left without a drum track when he was unable to hold the required beat   Sadly, the album was to be the last to feature Moon.  The cause of death, according to the death certificate, was an overdosage of Chlormethiazole (Heminevrin), self administered but with no evidence of intention. An open vedict was recorded. He was certified dead on arrrival at the Middlesex Hospital, Westminster but was found at his flat in Curzon Place, Mayfair.