Marijuana Policy Project

Rock and Pop Star Deaths in 2020

Judge "Lucky" Peterson - May 17; Dallas-based blues guitarist/keyboardist recorded 32 albums from 1969-2019, starting with his debut album when he was just five years old; cause undisclosed; was 55.

John "Bucky" Pizzarelli - Apr. 2; the jazz guitarist from New Jersey recorded 36 albums from 1961-2007; had COVID-19; was 94.

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.

Bill Rieflin - Mar. 24; rock drummer from Seattle played with R.E.M. King Crimson, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, KMFDM and other bands; suffered from cancer; was 59;

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.

Alfred "Uganda" Roberts - May 5; New Orleans-born drummer who played in Professor Longhair's band; suffered from lung cancer; was 77.

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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

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