British rock and blues legend Gary Moore passed away in his sleep early Sunday morning while vacationing in Spain. While authorities have officially stated that a heart attack is the likely cause of death pending further tests, British tabloid The Sun reported on Monday that Moore choked to death on his own vomit after a night of hard drinking. In light of the official statement to the contrary, enraged Gary Moore fans are bitterly assailing the controversial tabloid on Classic Rock magazine’s website.
The Sun’s article bore the lurid headline ‘Thin Lizzy guitar ace dies after booze-up on holiday.’ The article claims that medics found the guitarist “lying lifeless on his back wearing just his underpants,” but gives no source for that information. The tabloid went on to quote an unnamed “ambulance source” as saying, “We believe the deceased had been drinking heavily,” and also claimed that another unnamed “source at the hotel” said, “There were definite signs of alcohol in the room.”
Classic Rock magazine reported the tabloid’s claim on Monday, but when the official statement came on Tuesday Classic Rock ran a new story providing an update and refuting the tabloid’s prior claim. Angry fans have been using the comments section of each article to lash out at the tabloid, which is the best-selling daily newspaper in England.
“I see The Sun got it incredibly wrong yet again,” one fan wrote. “If you are reading this and you are a fan of rock music and you buy the Sun why don’t you do something positive today and cease buying it. Clearly it is has never been and never will be a reliable source of information and has now caused untold additional heartache to Gary’s friends and family.”
Another fan said, “Typical of the Sun to jump the gun with this story… sell newspapers they are scum,” while yet a third chimed in, “Their article was literally an ambulance chasing hatchet job of the lowest kind. Will they print an apology or a retraction? More chance of Lemmy covering Roger Whittaker. Another reason to tell Murdoch where to poke it.”
“Nice to see the gutter press are at it again they don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story, they should be made to print an apology the same size as the headline they might think twice then but I doubt it,” said another upset fan.
Even before the official statement came, fans were defending Moore and assailing The Sun’s coverage, with many pointing out that not only was there no confirmation of cause of death, but that it shouldn’t matter to the legacy of such a well-loved musician. Here’s a small sampling of those comments:
“Trust the sun to report something like this, even before the postmortem. F**k yeww The Sun. RIP GM.”
“I don’t believe a word from the Sun newspaper, it’s not enough that he died peacefully, they have to make it look like all musicians either die from a drug overdose or from alcohol? Wankers. The man was a legend!”
“F**k the Sun! It’s a rag , always has been always will be . The Guys’ dead, let him rest in peace, nobody in this f**ked up world is perfect , let he who is without sin cast the first stone, is that not what it says in the Bible. Rest in peace Gary!”
This comment seemed to sum up how most fans felt about Gary Moore: “At least it sounds like he went out having a good time; Spain, burger, champagne, brandy, girlfriend 20 years younger – it doesn’t really get much better. RIP Gary.”
The Sun has yet to update its article to include the official statement as to Moore’s cause of death.