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Jonathan Melvoin

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Jonathan Melvoin (December 6, 1961 - July 12, 1996) was the touring keyboardist for The Smashing Pumpkins during their worldwide tour for the album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. He was the brother of Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution.

He died in New York City after overdosing on heroin he had taken with Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

Chamberlin was advised by 9-1-1 operators to put Melvoin's head in the shower in an attempt to revive him until paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, Melvoin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chamberlin was subsequently fired from the band. According to the band, there had been previous overdoses by both Melvoin and Chamberlain. Melvoin had been fired, but was continuing to tour with The Smashing Pumpkins until the end of the tour leg.

Melvoin's replacement was The Frogs' Dennis Flemion.

The Smashing Pumpkins were not invited to his funeral.

He is survived by a wife and child. fi:Jonathan_Melvoin

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