DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Paul Kantner (aged 74)
-American musician (co-founder of Jefferson Airplane)
Paul Lorin Kantner (March 17, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American rock musician. He is best known as the co-founder, rhythm guitarist, and occasional vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, a leading psychedelic rock band of the counterculture era. He continued these roles as a member of Jefferson Starship, Jefferson Airplane’s successor band.
DEATH: Kantner died in San Francisco at the age of 74 on January 28, 2016, from multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered another heart attack days earlier. Shortly after Kantner’s death, Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart reflected, “He was kind of the backbone of that band. It was always about Grace and Jack and Jorma (Kaukonen), I don’t think he got the credit he deserved.” Coincidentally, he died on the same day as Airplane co-founder Signe Toly Anderson.