Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia Died 16 Years Ago

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1995 - Jerry Garcia Dies
1995 - Jerry Garcia Dies

In the early morning of August 9, 1995, Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia was found dead in his room at a rehab clinic. He was 53 years old.

He had long struggled with drug addiction and other health problems. Following Garcia's death, the Grateful Dead formally disbanded, but former bandmembers have kept the Dead's vibe alive with projects like Furthur, which features Bob Weir and Phil Lesh.

While their albums rarely showed much success on the charts, the Dead had been one of the iconic bands of the 1960s and 1970s, with classic songs like "Truckin'" and "Friend Of The Devil." Their live shows would become famous, setting the stage for the later jam-band movement.