It was 15 years ago today (March 9th, 2007) that Boston lead singer Brad Delp committed suicide at his home in Atkinson, New Hampshire, at the age of 55. Emergency operators in Concord, New Hampshire, got a phone call seeking help and when local police responded, they found Delp had suffocated from the smoke of two charcoal grills he had lit inside his bathroom. The singer was found lying on a pillow by his fiancee, Pamela Sullivan. His cause of death was listed as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Delp will be remembered for his peerless vocals on such timeless Boston classics as “More Than A Feeling,” “Peace Of Mind,” “Foreplay/Long Time,” “Rock & Roll Band,” “Smokin'” — which he co-wrote with Boston co-founder Tom Scholz, “Hitch A Ride,” “Something About You,” “Let Me Take You Home Tonight,” — which Delp wrote on his own, “Don't Look Back,” “We're Ready,” and Boston's only chart-topper, 1986's “Amanda.” Delp is featured posthumously on Boston's latest album, 2013's Love, Life, And Hope.
Immediately following his death, Tom Scholz posted a statement on the official bandboston.com website: “We've just lost the nicest guy in rock and roll. . . As you all know by now, Boston's lead singer, Brad Delp, was found dead in his home on Friday, March 9th, 2007. Plans for live Boston performances this summer have, of course, been canceled. My heart goes out to his wonderful fiancee Pamela, his two children and other family members, his close friends and band mates, and to the millions of people whose lives were made a little brighter by the sound of his voice. He will be dearly missed.“