The band Boston suffered a major loss on March 09, 2007 when Boston vocalist Brad Delp was found dead in his home.
His death was untimely and took everyone by surprise -- after all, he was a long-time vegetarian and seemed very healthy, it wasn't until a few days later that the cause of death was released...
Brad had committed suicide.
The cause of death was revealed to be a result of carbon monoxide poisioning. According to reports, Brad was found after his fiancee Pamela Sullivan called police after noticing a dryer vent tube connected to Brad's car in the garage. On the door leading into the house was a note which said "To whoever finds this I have hopefully committed suicide. Plan B was to asphyxiate myself in my car." In another note, Brad said "I take complete and sole responsibility for my present situation. I have lost my desire to live," Brad also left instructions on how to contact Pamela as well Brad asked to make sure his cat Floppy was safe as he left her in a room that was safe from the carbon monoxide. There was also a note on a door at the top of the stairs warining that there was carbon monoxide inside.
Inside the bathroom, Brad was found on the floor with his head on a pillow, two charcoal grills and a note paper-clipped to his shirt that read "Mr. Brad Delp. J'ai une ame solitaire. I am a lonely soul." Apparently, Brad had been depressed for some time, according to reports of what Pamela told police.
Brad had planned to marry his fiancee Pamela during the summer of 2007 while Boston was planning a summer tour.
Brad will be missed by many.
Messages/Statements from Band Members
The following are statements posted by current and former Boston members shortly after Brad's death
As you all know by now, BOSTON'S lead singer, Brad Delp, was found dead in his home on Friday, March 9th 2007. Plans for live BOSTON performances this summer have, of course, been cancelled.
My heart goes out to his wonderful fiance Pamela, his two children and other family members, his close friends and band mates, and to the millions of people whose lives were made a little brighter by the sound of his voice. He will be dearly missed.
It is with tremendous sorrow that I report the death of my friend, musical collaborator and brother in-law, Brad Delp. His soaring, seemingly effortless vocals graced millions of Boston records as well as the numerous musical projects that we did together. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and his family. Anyone who met Brad knows he was the sweetest, kindest person you could have known. I hope he can rest in peace.
I would like everyone to join me in mourning the passing of Brad Delp, one of my dearest friends and co-workers, and one of the greatest voices in rock-n-roll. His friendship, his smile, and his contributions to rock-n-roll will forever be sorely missed.
Brad Delp My Friend "My Story"
From watching movies in Brad's home movie theater as a little kid to eating vegitarian food in his kitchen. He treated me like his own. Throughout the years music changed and people changed, but Brad never did. He maintained his humbleness. Years later I become a member of "BOSTON". A dream come true for a young up and coming artist. I spent endless months on the road with him. Long bus rides to scary plane rides he was there to say it's O.K. He created a comfort with his soothing voice and his crazy jokes. Made us laugh just at the right time. You can always depend on him to be there for you. He is one of the best people I have ever met and will be missed dearly
Messages/Statements from Other Musicians
As you might have heard, Brad Delp, the man whose voice launched a thousand ships loaded with Boston's unmistakable Rock Anthems passed away yesterday at the all too early age of 55. We were all deeply saddened by this news and had been looking forward to seeing and hearing him in concert this summer. While there are few details, the simple words of his passing are enough to let us know that his place in the band of angels is confirmed.
We will all miss him. He was THE most unaffected superstar vocalist I ever personally had the opportunity to meet and spend a little time with. He was naturally gifted and we will always be able to enjoy his earthly contributions to the soundtracks of our younger days whenever the spirit moves us by slipping in the Boston CD of our choice.
Our sympathy goes out to his family, band mates, friends and to all Boston fans world-wide who most certainly share our feelings today.
God Speed, Brad Delp...
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon):
"I WAS ON A BREAK FROM REHEARSALS FOR OUR UPCOMING SUMMER TOUR WITH BOSTON, WHEN I GOT THE SHOCKING NEWS ABOUT BRAD DELP. I KNEW BRAD AS A FRIENDLY, DOWN TO EARTH, LIKABLE GUY, AS WELL AS A HIGHLY GIFTED LEAD SINGER. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS, BUT I BELIEVE THAT AFTER WE DIE, WE ARE SOMEHOW REUNITED WITH THOSE WHO WE LOVE. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH BRAD, HIS FAMILY AND HIS BAND MATES. I FEEL VERY SAD RIGHT NOW."
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
"I was very saddened today when I heard the news of Brad Delp's passing away. We had the pleasure of touring with BOSTON in the late 1970s, and they were one of the few guest acts that I used to watch every night, before SABBATH took to the stage. A nicer bunch of people would be impossible to find, and a fantastic band and debut album, which still sounds as good today as it did then. What an incredible singer Brad was — one of the all-time greatest voices. He will be greatly missed."
Joe Perry (Aerosmith)
"The few times I did meet him, he was very down-to-earth and seemed like a great guy, without any of the ego baggage. He had one incredible, amazing set of pipes. He is going to be sorely missed in this city [Boston] and the music-loving world."
I've been fortunate to have worked with a lot of perfectionists in music, but Brad outshone most of them. We worked together when I was writing the score to a Lorimar film “Best Revenge” and Brad sang the main title theme. His vocal range seemed limitless as did his friendliness.
My condolences to his band, his lady and family- and everyone that loved him.