Ronnie Montrose’s Death Ruled A Suicide
Oh fuck! This is not cool at all.
A report by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office that was released April 6 confirms rumors that legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose died at his own hands.
Montrose killed himself with a shotgun. The toxicology report also showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.31% when he died — almost four times the legal limit in California, which ultimately means nothing because it’s not like he was driving.
No evidence of other drugs was found in his system.
“By now, the devastating truth of Ronnie’s death is public knowledge,” the Montrose family says in a statement. “We hope you can understand why we wanted to keep this news a private family matter for as long as possible. We can only hope that you will choose to celebrate Ronnie’s life, and what his music meant to you, rather than mourn his passing.
“Ronnie would have wanted it that way. He loved being a guitarist, a composer, a producer, and a creator of magic. He fully understood his gifts, and yet he constantly pushed himself to evolve, improve, and make better music. He did this for himself, and he did this for you, because he adored and appreciated his fans. Please keep his energy, his joy, and his love in your hearts.”
I guess Montrose was a pretty troubled guy, with a pained soul. But I’ve gotta say…if that’s what he wanted, so be it.
Montrose did not leave a suicide note.