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TheDailyBeast: The Curse of 27

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, 1945 - 1973

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan was one of the founding members of The Grateful Dead, mainly playing the keyboard. In 1971, while being treated for alcoholism, McKernan discovered he had cirrhosis of the liver. He left the band in 1972. Months later, on March 8, 1973, McKernan died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage.

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