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Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel

Richard Manuel
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27 Years Ago: The Band’s Richard Manuel Found Dead

Early in the morning of March 4, 1986, Richard Manuel, one of the most recognizable and emotive voices in rock and roll, was silenced by his own hands. After a concert at the 'Cheek to Cheek' lounge in Winter Park, Fla., by the Band, who had re-formed without guitarist Robbie Robertson, a depressed and drug-abused Manuel returned to his hotel room and ended his life by hanging himself.

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