Rock guitarist Gary Moore was found dead in his Spanish hotel room just over a year ago. His official cause of death has just been announced.
Back in the 1970s, Al Stewart wrote a sad song called The News From Spain. For rock and blues fans, the sad news came just over a year ago when it was announced that Gary Moore had died in his sleep at his Estepona hotel aged 58. As with so many in this field, his death was not natural, and as ever the finger of suspicion was pointed at substance abuse. That has now been confirmed. Gary was said to have suffered a heart attack after consuming five times the legal limit of alcohol. In short, he drank himself to death.
Since his death we have seen two very high profile deaths related to substance abuse, the tragically young Amy Winehouse and more recently Whitney Houston. Others include AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott, who was found dead in a car on February 29, 1980 after a heavy drinking session, and most notably, Gary's former collaborator Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and Grand Slam who died in January 1986 as a result of his addiction to heroin.
Gary Moore may be dead, but his spirit lives on, as does his music.