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Shannon Hoon
Original name: Richard Hoon
Birth: Sep. 26, 1967
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1995
New Orleans
Orleans Parish
Louisiana, USA

Musician. Born Richard Shannon Hoon in Lafayette, Indiana, son of Richard and Nel Hoon. He attended McCutcheon High School in Lafayette where he was a noted athlete in football, wrestling, and track and graduated in 1986. In February 1988, Hoon won a position fronting a local band called Styff Kytten. After a year, Hoon left for Los Angeles where, with four other musicians, formed a band calling themselves Blind Melon. In 1991 Blind Melon produced a four song demo and signed a recording contract with Capitol Records. Blind Melon deliberately differentiated themselves from the grunge and industrial rock that was then popular, modeling their style after classic rock bands of the seventies. An EP on Capitol Records called ‘The Sippin' Time Sessions' was released in 1991. Axl Rose of Guns n' Roses, a fellow Lafayette native, then invited Hoon to sing back-up vocals on several tracks on his band's ‘Use Your Illusion II.' In 1992 Blind Melon released the band's self-titled debut LP. Over the course of a support tour through 1992 and 1993 the members of Blind Melon, and Hoon in particular, began a pattern of drug abuse. Blind Melon were forced to take a breaks from their tour schedule to accommodate Hoon who entered a detox program and occasionally jail on charges ranging from indecent exposure, assault and drunk and disorderly. In 1993, the single ‘No Rain' was released making Blind Melon instantly famous, supported by a video, the song became wildly popular and was the main force behind the album ‘Blind Melon' going multi-platinum. In late 1994, Hoon's substance abuse problems returned after the band returned to the studio to record their second LP. After completing their album in spring 1995, the band forced Hoon to check himself into another rehabilitation program. The new album, ‘Soup', was released in the summer of 1995. A support tour for the album began under the condition that a drug counselor accompany Hoon on tour. Hoon, however, was ungovernable and fell back into a pattern of drug abuse almost immediately. Hoon's performances were spiraling downward and he appeared obviously impaired on stage several times. Just before a scheduled show in New Orleans, roadies went to wake Hoon up for a sound check, but he was unresponsive. EMTs pronounced Hoon dead on the scene. Hoon was buried in under an epitah drawn from the lyyrics of his first song, ‘Change:' "I know we can't all stay here forever, so I want to write my words on the face of today. And they'll paint it." In 1996, the surviving members of Blind Melon compiled and released an album, ‘Nico,' in Hoon's honor and for the benefit of his daughter. (bio by: Iola) 

Cause of death: Drug Overdose
Dayton Cemetery
Tippecanoe County
Indiana, USA
Plot: far north side, in the new section, in the middle, at the very back, near the fence
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Aug 28, 1998
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God bless you
- Paula Henke
 Added: Feb. 10, 2017

 Added: Feb. 8, 2017
I just saw Blind Melon's rendition of "3 is a Magic Number" from Multiplication Rock. How neat that this song got another life and a chance for more kids to learn to multiply this way.
- Debbie Ayala
 Added: Jan. 31, 2017
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