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Terry Kath – Accidentally Shot Himself

Terry Kath

Terry Kath was a founding member and lead guitarist of Chicago, and fans the world over have marveled at his playing on the classic “25 or 6 to 4″ for decades. He was also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who played banjo, accordion, bass and drums. He sang lead on such Chicago tracks as “Colour My World” and “Make Me Smile.”

Kath also had a history of drug and alcohol problems, but he died at a party at a crew member’s house on Jan. 23, 1978 while fooling around with guns. First, he picked up an unloaded .38 revolver and put it to his head, pulling the trigger. Kath then did the same with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which unfortunately was loaded. He died instantly.

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