What happened to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham?

LED ZEPPELIN never fully reunited after 1980 due to the band's members depleting - so what happened to John Bonham?

PUBLISHED: 22:27, Wed, Nov 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:27, Wed, Nov 25, 2020

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Led Zeppelin was a hugely popular rock band throughout the 1970s, but the band’s fortunes were not long-lived. Despite changing the face of rock music, the boys in the band lived fast along with their manager Peter Green. John Bonham, the band’s drummer, signalled the end of the band’s time together - but what happened to him.


John Bonham did not leave Led Zeppelin as the drummer, however, the band did end with his departure.

His departure came with his death, as he 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.

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

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

John Paul Jones, his bandmate, recalled finding him on the morning of his death.

In Chris Welch's second book, John Bonham: A Thunder of Drums, John Paul Jones told the whole story.

He said: "Benje and I found him. It was like, 'Let’s go up and look

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