Rod de'Ath

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Rod de'Ath in March 1973.

Roderick Morris Buckenham "Rod" de'Ath (18 June 1950 – 1 August 2014) was a Welsh rock musician and record producer. He was best known for being his work with Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher in the 1970s. He was Gallagher's drummer from 1972 until 29 April 1978. During this time, Northern Irish musician Lou Martin was Gallagher's keyboardist. He was also a member of the North London-based rock band Killing Floor, founded in 1968.[1]

Rod de'Ath was born in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire. In 1987, he was injured badly in a train accident that caused him to lose an eye and have brain damage, putting him into a coma. After this, de'Ath was stated to be dead in many obituaries. However, he made an appearance a few months after Rory Gallagher's death to prove he was alive.[1]

Rod de'Ath died after a long illness on 1 August 2014 in London, England,[2] aged 64.[3][4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Rod de'Ath Interview". RoryON. Retrieved 10 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Rod de'Ath: Powerhouse drummer at the heart of Rory Gallagher's band during what is held to be the guitarist's best period". The Independent. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Lifton, Dave (2 August 2014). "Rod de'Ath, Drummer for Rory Gallagher, Dies at 64". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Rory Gallagher's Bandmate Rod de'Ath Dead at 64". antiMusic. 8 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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