This event was described as a big shock for his bandmates and friends, who found him lying dead in the park only a few days before they were going to play a big industry gig at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood. The reason behind his suicide is believed by his bandmates partially to be because of all the pressure he must have put on himself as the frontman. This could have spelled the end for the relatively newly formed band, since after his death and the gig at The Roxy the demoralized band broke up. But they reformed days later feeling that was what John would have wanted them to do. Gwen eventually took over the role lead vocalist.
Later, the band wrote "Dear John" in tribute to him, although this recording is very rare. It's featured fifth of five songs on a demo tape they recorded in 1988 and sold at performances held by the band. The tape's cover features cartoons drawn by his co-founder Eric. The song's lyrics expresses his bandmates' sorrow for having lost a good friend. In 2006, Gwen Stefani released her second solo album, The Sweet Escape.
The last song on the album called Wonderful Life is supposedly written about him. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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