June 1, 1997 in Nation/World

Rain Limits Search For Singer Buckley

Compiled From Wire Services

Heavy rain hampered the search Saturday for singer Jeff Buckley, who vanished Thursday while swimming in the Mississippi River.

Police boats searched for Buckley but it was too dangerous for divers.

Buckley, 30, disappeared Thursday night after he and a friend went to the Memphis harbor with a portable stereo player and a guitar, police Maj. Jim Tusant said. Tusant said Buckley, fully clothed, waded into the river and began to sing and swim on his back.

His 1994 album “Grace” yielded the alternative hit “Last Goodbye,” and he contributed to Patti Smith’s 1996 album “Gone Again.”

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