No. That’s too easy, and to lazy. It wasn’t the drugs. But… let’s look at the drugs, shall we?
Ok, yeah… it kinda was the drugs. I say it wasn’t, because that isn’t the driver… but it is definitely an impact we have to look at. Let’s say you die at 27, and it is associated with drugs. Odds are, you have been doing drugs for a good ten years. This means it takes you a LOT more drugs now, then it did then, to get off. Drugs absolutely factor a BIG part of the 27 club.
Now contrast that with the fact that your body isn’t 18 anymore. You are doing more drugs, on a more fragile body. Your body isn’t great anymore when you are 27. There is a reason why you send 18 year olds to go to war.
It seems common that people OD in the process of cleaning up. It is often that ‘Just one more last hit/high’.
I know the great Tom Petty wasn’t 27, but his death absolutely speaks to so many of these tragedies . When Tom Petty died, I emailed a friend in detail exactly what happened. When it was announced four months later, I was dead on. Tom died Oct 3rd, 2017. Nothing was known about his death. In fact, I think he was still alive when I wrote this to my friend.
in case you can’t read my screen shot. Those are two emails I sent the night Tom Petty collapsed. At 8:38 pm, I sent this:
they will run a tox screen on Tom Petty. Heroin/ or a heroin analog/ will come back in his blood.
Then, at 9:01 pm I followed up with:
From: Kevin of Parker <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: mark my words
To: redacted < >, redacted <
In fact, here is exactly how it will go… exactly as it has gone too many times
Just got home from a brutal tour. Tired, in pain, and needing to shake the road and rest for a bit. Was a heroin addict, but is mostly clean now. He figured if he just took a little bit… just enough to ‘take the edge off’, he would be fine. Have a good rest and a 12 hour sleep and get back to real life tomorrow.
Happened to Jimi Hendrix, Bradley Nowell (sublime), Dave Brockie (from Gwar), and Janis Joplin.
“just enough to take the edge off”. I wouldn’t be surprised if those were the last words he said to his wife.
I point this out because I was scary correct. In late Jan (about 3 months after his death), the media reports
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says
Drugs are an important piece of the 27 club, but not the whole story. Millions or billions of people use drugs up to and through and after 27 years old. It is just a piece of the mystery. Reminds me of a couple funny lines about drug use, the first one is from a guy who ODd and died of drugs. It’s still a great line, though.
“I used to do drugs. I still do, but I also used to”
– the late Mitch Hedberg
interviewer to Woody Harrelson “You still smoke pot?”
I don’t smoke any more, Jay. but I don’t smoke any less, either