DEAD: ON THIS DATE
John Phillips (aged 65)
American musician (The Mamas & the Papas)
John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas.
DEATH: His years of drug addiction resulted in health problems that required a liver transplant in 1992. Several months later photographs of him drinking alcohol in a bar in Palm Springs, California were published in the National Enquirer. Questioned on the Howard Stern radio show, he said “I was just trying to break in the new liver”.
Phillips spent his last years in Palm Springs, California, with Farnaz, his fourth wife. On March 18, 2001, he died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 65, days after completing recording sessions for a new album. He is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, near Palm Springs.