Jim Gordon, Former Drummer for Eric Clapton, Dies in Prison

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Jim Gordon, a former drummer for Eric Clapton and the Beach Boys, died in prison at the age of 77.

Gordon was convicted of killing his mother in 1983 while suffering from schizophrenia.

Gordon died Monday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville of natural causes “after a long incarceration and lifelong battle with mental illness.”

Gordon also backed the Everly Brothers and played on The Beach Boys’ 1966 album “Pet Sounds.”

He toured with Clapton in 1969 and 1970 as part of the band Delaney & Bonnie.

Gordon’s friends and fans have shared their condolences on social media.


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