Gord Lewis killed
Canadian police say Gord Lewis, guitarist for punk rock band Teenage Head, was killed by his adult son over the weekend.
The Hamilton Spectator reported that Lewis, 65, was found dead in the home the two shared.
His 41-year-old son Jonathan has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
“We are saddened and still trying to process the loss of our friend, bandmate, and brother, Jord Lewis,” the band wrote on Monday (August 8) in an Instagram post.
“Jord was a strength and an inspiration to many. You were taken away from us very soon.”
At about 8 p.m. on Saturday, several Canadian media outlets began receiving emails from Jonathan who claimed that his father had died.
“Now I just want to get help for my illness and give my father a proper burial,” an email addressed to the viewer read. “It wasn’t worth it.”
After Jonathan reported a decomposing body on Sunday morning, reporters alerted police who arrived at Lewis’ headquarters in the southernmost suburbs of Toronto later that day and found Gord’s body.
Authorities said there were no other suspects in the killing.
The policemen did not provide many details, saying only that Gord’s death was a murder.
Teenage Head was formed in the 1970s by four high school friends in Hamilton and rose to become one of Canada’s most popular punk rock bands.
In addition to playing guitar, Gord was the group’s lead melody writer.
Gaining momentum in the 1970s, Teenage Head was so popular that in 1980 a riot broke out among fans who were trying to see them at the Hamilton party venue.
Dozens were arrested, but no one was killed.
“We didn’t finish something… I just remember running and running with my guitar,” Gord told Spectator years later, describing fans who stormed the stage during the encore.
“I knew nothing of the riots until I saw the front of the globe the next day.”
After experiencing the rise and fall of fame during the 1980s, Teenage Head took a long hiatus after 1988, and finally released two final albums, Head Upset in 1996, and Teenage Head in 2008 with Marquee Ramone.
Canadian music publicist Eric Alper described Teenage Head as “one of the most underrated bands this country has ever produced.
A pioneer in punk and rock ‘n’ roll from the 1970s onwards, (Jord Lewis’s) enthusiasm and tenacity for his craft was amazing, and worth remembering.”—New York Daily News/Tribune News Service