1978 – Keith Moon dies of a drug overdose

In the history of rock and roll’s true wild men, Keith Moon stands above them all. He was the wild man’s wild man, a talented musician with a distinctive sound of his own, whose considerable musical talent was dwarfed by his talent at partying.

He was the drummer for the Who, and the last member to join the band. His driving beats powered them to stardom alongside the vocal talents of Roger Daltrey, the guitar playing genius of Pete Townsend and the dependable bass lines of John Entwhistle.

Moon died at age 32 when he overdosed on pills he had been given to help treat his addictions, in a series of small errors that added up to a full-blown catastrophe.

Referenced in:

Under A Raging Moon – Roger Daltrey
Rock And Roll Hall Of Death — Mitch Benn And The Distractions