Ronald C. “Pigpen” McKernan (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973) was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. His contributions to the band included vocals, hammond organ, harmonica, percussion, and occasionally guitar. In 1994, Pigpen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the other members of the Grateful Dead.
On March 8, 1973, he was found dead of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Corte Madera, California. McKernan is buried at the Alta Mesa Memorail Park (Plot: Hillview Section 16 Lot 311) in Palo Alto, California. The coordinates are Lat: 37°23’54.15″ N Long: 122°7’40.13″ W. His grave marker is inscribed:
RONALD C. McKERNAN
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