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Industrial-Electronic-Punk Icon Dies At 46 ::

Reported by Olly @ Trackitdown on October 29, 2007

Underground alternative star Paul Raven from Ministry and Killing Joke died expectedly this week, after suffering a heart attack as he was working with French band Treponem Pal in France. MTV reported that the 46 year old Wolverhampton born bass player had been out drinking the night before with the band, and was found dead in the morning by drummer Ted Parsons.

“I found Raven asleep in a chair the next morning in [a] living room,” Parsons wrote on his Myspace page. “I thought nothing of it, as Raven would sleep like this on the tour bus in the front lounge all the time. Then I looked closer at him, and he looked very gray. I checked his pulse and there was none.”

Chatting to US portal last year, Raven joked cheerfully about his rock & roll reputation describing himself as ‘a world-class antagonist, long time pit-bull breeder, part-time drug dealer (and) brunette lover.’

“I’ve been making records since 1977. I’m what we call O.P., like O.G., Original Punk Rocker,” he added, “Soon I’m going to be a punk-rock granddad. I’m 45 years old and still f**king you know, kicking ass,” he said.

Though numerous blogs immediately speculated that drugs might have been involved, no mentions of drugs except alcohol have emerged in subsequent press reports.

Paul Raven tribute Links: (Our thoughts and prayers go out to Raven's family and friends around the world.  His love of life, artistic creations and joyful laughter touched and moved all of us deeply. The loss of this extraordinary artist, unique individual and loyal friend will be felt by many . . .’) (REST IN PEACE PAUL VINCENT RAVEN: Saturday, October 20, 2007. . .’) (Raven on GW: ‘We’re trying to stand up and give a giant finger to George Bush and his band of Nazi f**king pirates. He commandeered the legal process, he commandeered the f**king electoral process and has turned everyone into economic slaves in his f**king country . . .’)

Cocaine/ Heart Attack Links: (‘During the first hour after using cocaine, the user's risk of heart attack increases nearly 24 times, according to the first large study of the long-suspected relationship between cocaine and heart disease. "Cocaine significantly increases the risk of heart attack in individuals who are otherwise at low risk," says Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr. P.H., of the Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who headed the research project. The average age of people in the study who suffered heart attacks soon after using cocaine was only 44," Mittleman notes. "That's about 17 years younger than the average heart attack patient . . .’)  (‘The risk of developing an aneurysm was four times as high among cocaine users in their mid-40's as among nonusers in the same age group, according to the study, reported yesterday in the journal Circulation, which is published by the American Heart Association. Aneurysms occurred in 30.4 percent of cocaine users in the study compared with 7.6 percent of non-users,” New York Times 2005) (The CIA-Contra-Crack Connection, 10 Years Later)


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