October 22, 1995 in Nation/World

Blind Melon’s Singer Dies At 28

Compiled From Wire Services

Shannon Hoon, whose smooth, high-pitched vocals took the rock group Blind Melon to the top of the charts with its eclectic 1993 debut hit “No Rain,” died Saturday. He was 28.

Hoon was found dead on his tour bus about 1:30 p.m. His sound manager apparently couldn’t wake him and called police, said Sgt. Marlon DeFillo. He said there was no sign of trauma, and the cause of death remains unclassified pending an autopsy.

The coroner’s office in New Orleans confirmed receipt of Hoon’s body, but would not comment further.

Blind Melon was in New Orleans to play at the famed Tipitina’s music club. The tour bus was in a parking lot on St. Charles Ave. near where the group recorded its second album, “Soup,” in the city’s Warehouse District.

The band played Friday night in Houston.

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