Garcia is the only one of the original line-up aside from Pigpen McKernan (1973) who has died, right? Or even from later major line-ups right?
Maybe I did not know the dead that well, but I expected that if Garcia had that depth of drug and apparently related health problems, at least some others of the Dead would be "moving on" before now. Apparently most of the long-time Dead roadies are long dead.
Interesting that the others made it through in a way Garcia didn't, especially given how substantive and thoughtful Garcia was. Except as to women, Garcia seemed like a fairly reasonable guy, too.
I suppose as to Pigpen, it is amazing he made 27 years old.