A Grammy Award-winning drummer responsible for cowriting the seminal rock ballad Layla has died in a California mental hospital, after being jailed for nearly 40 years for killing his mother during a schizophrenic episode, Your Content has learned.
Jim Gordon died of natural causes Monday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, his publicist announced Tuesday.
A founding member of Eric Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos his oeuvre consists of hundreds of recognizable songs.
An improperly handled bout with mental illness would ultimately upend his career and result in the brutal stabbing murder of his mother on June 3, 1983,‘according to FLIPBOARD.
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