1999 – Two months after Los Lobos guitarist Cesar Rosas’ wife disappeared, her half-brother Gabriel Gomez pleads not guilty to her kidnapping and murder.
1999 – Sandra Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos guitarist Cesar Rosas, is discovered missing from their home in Rowland Heights, Calif. Her half-brother was later found guilty of murdering her.
On January 5, 1998, Bono died of injuries after striking a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.
Bono’s death came just days after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. Bono’s widow, Mary, was elected to fill the remainder of the Congressional term. Over 10 years after his death, she continues to champion many of Sonny’s causes, including the ongoing fight to save the Salton Sea.
After Sonny’s death, Mary told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny was addicted to and seriously abusing prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Even though Mary claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident, the autopsy showed no narcotics and only a very small amount of Valium, not enough to cause impairment according to the Washoe County Coroner’s report.
After being asked by Mary Bono, Sonny’s ex-wife, Cher, gave a eulogy at Bono’s funeral. His final resting place is Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono’s headstone reads: “And The Beat Goes On.”
1995 – A Texas jury sentences Yolanda Saldivar to life in prison for the murder of Selena, the 23-year-old Tejano star.
1995 – Rapper T-Bone is acquitted of murder charges in Torrance, Calif.
1983 – Felix Pappalardi dies at age 41 after being shot by his wife in their New York apartment. The producer worked on records by Cream, Hot Tuna, Mountain, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What a bitch! Rock Star Shot Dead by Peter Mclaughlin and Larry Sutton with Thomas Raftery New York Daily News […]
1982 – Samuel George Jr. of the Capitols dies after being stabbed. Age 38.
1979 – Former Keith Richards girlfriend Anita Pallenberg is cleared of murder charges. A young male friend had been found dead in her New York home.
1978 – Sid Vicious tries to commit suicide at Rikers Island in New York. No, it wasn’t because he saw how much Never Mind the Bollocks was now selling for. Vicious was waiting to be charged with murder following the stabbing death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1978 – Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. A 1986 movie of the relationship and murder at New York’s Chelsea hotel, “Sid and Nancy” starred Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Vicious dies of a heroin overdose before he can be tried for the murder.
1975 – Sean Lennon is born this day in rock history! Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Biography Early life and education Sean Lennon was born in […]