DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Michael Clarke (aged 47)
-American drummer (the Byrds)
Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick; June 3, 1946 – December 19, 1993) was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock group the Byrds from 1964 to 1967.
DEATH: By the late 1980s, Clarke’s health had declined from a lifetime of hard drinking, resulting in a number of hospital stays. He died of liver failure at the age of 47 at his Treasure Island, Florida condominium on December 19, 1993. Billy Moore, who had organized a New Year’s Eve concert at a resort where Clarke and his band were scheduled to perform, stated that at the time of his death, Clarke had recently learned that he had become terminally ill due to his liver problems.