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I had arrived at the gig about 2 hours before with the drummer. We were setting up in the main room. The wedding guests were outside for the cocktail hour. A bunch of old ladies asked us where the bathroom was and left. They came back out and headed outside, but one of them stopped and sat in a chair at the table right in front of us. She had this strange look and then starts to turn gray.
As she sat there dying from what turned out to be a heart attack, I could see the life leaving her eyes. We pulled the blanket from the kick drum and put it on her. The paramedics arrived but she was already gone. No one at the party knew about this because they were outside.
I was pretty young and this was the first time I saw someone die at a gig. I remember walking over to the bar and downing a 3/4 glass of Jack Daniels in one shot. The gig still went off well, but to this day, I can still see her eyes.