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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 6, 1986
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Band' member
commits suicide

WINTER PARK, Fla. (UPI) -
Shocked family members and friends
could offer no explanation yesterday
why Richard Manuel, an original
member of the critically acclaimed
rock quintet The Band, hanged him-
self in a motel bathroom.
"There was no note and no in-
dication why he did it," said police
detective Rick Nuss. "Everybody was
just stunned - band members, frien-
ds, family. The only one who knows
why is him."
Nuss said the 42-year-old Manuel's
wife, Arlie, discovered the body
hanging from a belt tied to the shower
curtain rod in the couple's motel
bathroom and an autopsy confirmed
the cause of death was hanging.
"The time of death was between
2:30 and 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday," Nuss
said. "It's being investigated as a
suicide, and the toxicology report on
the blood we won't have for at least a
week."
Manuel, a native of Stratford, On-
tario, had performed with The Band
Monday night- at the Cheek to Cheek
Lounge at the Villa Nova restaurant
in Winter Park, next door to the motel
where he died. The Band performed
last week in West Palm Beach, Miami
and St. Petersburg. Neither the group

nor its management in Los Angeles
would comment yesterday on
Manuel's death.
Manuel played piano and drums
and sang with The Band during the
group's career that began in Canada
in the 1950s. Under the name the
Hawks, the quintet played with singer
Ronnie Hawkins before gaining attent-
ion while touring with Bob Dylan, first
in the 1960s and again in 1974.
In 1968, the Band released its first
album Music From Big Pink,
named for a house where the music
was recorded in Woodstock, N.Y. The
film Easy Rider featured a single
"The Weight," from the group's
second album.
Other original members of The
Band were bassist Rick Danko,
organist and saxohonist Garth Hud-
son and singer and drummer Levon
Helm.
The Band's final concert in 1978 was
documented by the film The Last
Waltz. The album was the group's
final original recording.
In August, The Band reunited with
Jimmy Wieder replacing original
guitarist and primary songwriter
Jamie "Robbie" Robertson, who went
on to perform in movies after leaving
The Band.

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Correction:
The Arts Page would like to apologize
for an error in Monday's paper.
Manuel Sunday, not Gene Lawson,
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