Jim Gordon — the Grammy-winning rock drummer for Eric Clapton and George Harrison — who was convicted of killing his mom in 1983 whereas affected by schizophrenia, has died. He was 77.
His publicist, Bob Merlis, confirmed to The Submit on Wednesday that Gordon died Monday on the California Medical Facility in Vacaville of pure causes “after a protracted incarceration and lifelong battle with psychological sickness.”
The Submit reached out to a Clapton rep for remark.
Born on July 14, 1945, Gordon backed the Everly Brothers and performed on The Seaside Boys’ 1966 album “Pet Sounds.”
He toured with Clapton in 1969 and 1970 as a part of the band Delaney & Bonnie. Clapton briefly fashioned a brand new band, Derek and the Dominos, that additionally featured Gordon.
The group labored on Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s 1970 solo album “All Issues Should Go.”
Gordon and Clapton additionally co-wrote Clapton’s 1971 smash hit “Layla.” Gordon picked up his first and solely Grammy Award for that tune.
Gordon ultimately started to point out indicators of psychological sickness, and he reportedly punched his then-girlfriend, singer-songwriter Rita Coolidge, in a resort in 1970.
Gordon fatally attacked his 72-year-old mom, Osa Gordon, with a hammer, then a knife on June 3, 1983. He confessed, claiming a voice inside his head instructed him to kill her.
He was correctly identified with schizophrenia following his arrest.
Gordon was sentenced in 1984 to 16 years to life in jail, the place he died Monday.
Regardless of his schizophrenia prognosis, a decide dominated he couldn’t be discovered harmless by motive of madness beneath the California madness legal guidelines on the time.
He was denied parole, for the tenth time, in March 2018 after he reportedly declined to attend parole hearings.