Today’s the 20th anniversary of Bradley Nowell’s fatal heroin overdose.
Bradley had been married for exactly one week when it happened. He left a beautiful wife and 11-month old son, Jakob. The last Sublime show was at the Phenix Theater in Petaluma, California, seven hours from home in Long Beach.
The band was set to release their third album, and their first on a major label in just two months.
While he had battled his heroin addiction in the past, most thought he was doing his best to stay clean around this time.
None of his bandmates or family know the details of his final night and morning. The story goes that he tried to convince some bandmates to go down to the beach and watch the sun rise over the waves because he couldn’t sleep. They were too tired and hungover at this point, so turned him down. He went down to the beach with Lou Dog on his own.
Drummer Bud Gaugh found him, Lou whimpering at the foot of the bed, green film on his lips.
Here’s some footage from the band’s last show with Brad:
R.I.P. Bradley Nowell February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996