Sandy Denny: Age 31 | Cause Of Death: CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE
Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny
(b. 6 Jan 1947, Wimbledon, London, d. 21 April 1978, London)
A former student at Kingston Art College where her contemporaries included John Renbourn and Jimmy Page, Sandy Denny forged her early reputation in London folk clubs. Following a fall down the staircase at a friend’s house Sandy died from a cerebral hemorrhage on 21 April 1978.
I’m Sandy Denny’s biographer.. The fall down the stairs seems to have occurred quite a bit before her death, sometime between 1 and 13 April 1978. She went to stay with a friend in London on 13 April. On the following Monday, she was found unconscious by a friend of that friend and was taken to the hospital, where she remained in a coma until her death on 21 April. The death was ruled accidental. The cause was indeed a cerebral hemorrhage. It’s not clear, though, that there was a second fall downstairs at the friend’s house; Sandy may have collapsed from the effects of the first fall. She had headaches after that earlier fall but never sought medical help.~ Pam Winters.