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Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Pop Smoke (nee Bashar Jackson) - Feb. 19; up-and-coming Brooklyn-born rapper had a No. 48 R&B hit with "Welcome to the Party" in 2019; murdered in a home invasion Hollywood Hills, CA; was 20.

Jason Rainey - Mar. 18; founding guitarist in thrash-metal band Sacred Reich; their version of "Sweet Leaf" is featured on Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML; suffered a heart attack; was 53.

Dave Roback - Feb. 24; Los Angles-born founder, guitarist and producer of Mazzy Star; the group featured singer Hope Sandoval, released four albums from 1990-2013 and had a No. 44 single with "Fade Into You" in 1994; he also headed the bands Opal and Rain Parade: suffered from metastic cancer; was 61.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.