On this day 35 years ago, one of the world’s greatest rock bands came to an end with the death of John Bonham.
On September 24, 1980 Led Zeppelin held rehearsals to prepare for their upcoming North American tour, the first since 1977. Bonham began to drink early that day and continued through the night, eventually passing out shortly after midnight. The next morning Led Zeppelin road manager Ben Lefevre attempted to wake Bonham but soon realized that the drummer had no pulse. Lefevre called the ambulance but it was too late.
Bonham’s death was ruled accidental and the findings revealed that Bonham had died from asphyxia due to aspiration of vomit as a result from alcohol consumption. Bonham had reportedly consumed 40 measures of Vodka.
After Bonham’s death, Led Zeppelin disband after deciding that they would not continue without their drummer. Besides a handful of charity shows, Led Zeppelin has kept their promise but remain one of the most influential bands in the world.