Thursday, December 4, 2008

Page, Plant mourn former bandmate Michael Lee

Jimmy Page attended yesterday's funeral for drummer Michael Lee, whose death on Nov. 24 is now reported to be from a seizure.

It has been disclosed that Lee was epilectic, and a postmortem examination determined Lee had a fatal seizure.

An article by Lauren Pyrah of the Northern Echo states that Robert Plant provided flowers for Lee's funeral. Plant's written message for Lee is quoted as saying:
"What a waste. Too soon. I'm so sorry, I always enjoyed your enthusiasm and ideas. Robert P"
Lee accompanied Page and Plant on tour and in the studio during their years performing together in the mid '90s.

The funeral took place Dec. 3 at Darlington Crematorium in Darlington, England. Page is seen mourning in a photograph published along with the Northern Echo report.

An earlier statement by Daniel Stanton of Coallier Entertainment says:
"The results of post mortem was a seizure, apparently the worst one he could have had.

"Michael passed away at his flat (home) in Darlington. He was found at his home by his friend and police on the floor beside his bed.

"Michael was out the night before [he died]. He said he wasn't feeling well and went home to rest it off. When he didn't answer his phone the next morning, a friend had the police enter his home.

"Michael will sadly be missed.

"I have received endless calls from fans, friends and family members surrounding Michael's death.

"The guys in Thin Lizzy are crushed, I have spoken to people in the Robert Plant camp who have also expressed the same. Spike from the London Quireboys has been dedicating their shows each night to Michael. Dave Ling from Classic Rock magazine is said to be doing a feature on Michael Lee in an upcoming issue.

"We will all miss Michael. His boyish smile, his humor, his love and his talent, [but] most of all, we will miss his friendship.

"Michael died way too young. He shares his death with Freddie Mercury of Queen and drummer Eric Carr of Kiss, who also passed away on the same date.

"We love you, Michael. You are forever in our hearts and your music forever in our souls."

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