(April 23, 1963-January 8, 1991)
Stephen Maynard Clark was a founding member and lead guitarist for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard. He was also a key songwriter on 2 of the band’s biggest albums, “Pyromania” (1983) and “Hysteria” (1987).
Steve, along with co-guitarist, Phil Collen were known as the “terror twins” and alcohol played a huge part in their antics on/off stage. Collen quit drinking in the late 80’s, but Clark was soon spiraling out of control and he was becoming unpredictable and the band was worried.
At the time of his death, Clark was on a 6 month leave of absence from the band in hopes he could regain control of his life. On January 8, 1991, the band had been notified that Clark had been found dead on his couch. The autopsy revealed that “he had compression of the brain stem causing respiratory failure” caused by alcohol mixed with prescription drugs. He was only 30 years old.
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