How did Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham die? What were his last words?

JOHN BONHAM was a drummer whose death brought the end of one of the most famous bands in the world - but how did the Led Zeppelin star die?

PUBLISHED: 22:22, Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:22, Thu, Sep 24, 2020

John Bonham was a quarter of one of the most famous bands ever: Led Zeppelin. He, along with Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones changed the landscape of rock in the 1970s, but it was only for a short time. John was only 32 years old when he died - but how did he die and what were his last words?


John Bonham died accidentally on September 25, 1980, from what is known as pulmonary asphyxiation.

The drummer was a heavy drinker, with alcohol being a vice which was a problem for much of his adult life.

On September 24, 1980, according to Chris Welch's book Led Zeppelin, he was reported to have been drinking heavily during rehearsals for the band's upcoming tour, and fell asleep after a number of drinks.

He was placed in bed but, according to Chris' telling of events, was found unresponsive the following morning.

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John Bonham - how did he die?John Bonham - how did he die? (Image: Getty)

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John Paul Jones, his bandmate, recalled finding him in Chris Welch's second book, John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums.

He said: "Benje [Lefevre, a technician for the band] and I found him. It was like, 'Let’s go up and look at Bonzo, see how he is.'

"We tried to

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