Sunday 19 November 2017

Blues legend Gary Moore died after drink binge

Gary Moore: eight times over the drink-drive limit
Gary Moore: eight times over the drink-drive limit

Gerard Couzens

ROCK legend Gary Moore died after bingeing on enough alcohol to put him nearly eight times over the drink-drive limit, tests in Spain have revealed.

The guitar ace (58) suffered a heart attack brought on by the massive amount of alcohol that he knocked back at the start of a sunshine holiday in Spain's Costa del Sol, the studies showed.

No traces of any illegal drugs were found in his body. But he had 380mg of alcohol per decilitre of blood in his system, which is more than 30mg the amount associated with fatalities. And it was just short of the 416mg that Amy Winehouse had in her body when she died.

Tests revealed that dad-of-three Mr Moore, found dead in bed at a luxury hotel on February 6 last year, had abused alcohol for years.

Former Thin Lizzy guitarist Mr Moore died at the Kempinski Resort Hotel in Estepona hours after starting a six-day holiday with his new partner.


An initial post-mortem examination revealed he had died of a heart attack.

A source involved in the investigation into Mr Moore's death said: "All the tests have been conducted and they show Mr Moore died of heart failure caused by alcohol."

He had 380mg of alcohol per 100ml (per decilitre) of blood in his body when he died. "It's a massive amount of alcohol and enough to send most people into a coma. His body just seems to have given up on him that night with all the alcohol he consumed. He died of natural causes," the source said.

Bob Geldof described Mr Moore after his death as "one of the greatest blues players of all time".

Irish Independent

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