15 Years Ago Today – The Who’s John Entwistle (The Ox) Dies at 57 (Watch “Boris the Spider” Live ’82)

15 years ago today (6/27/02) and one day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine. All rock and roll tales aside, Entwistle, nicknamed “The Ox” was one of the most definitive rock bassist ever with a forceful plucking that helped make The Who one of rock’s loudest bands at the time.  Watch Entwistle and The Who take on “Boris the Spider” live in 1982.

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