DROWNING POOL Singer Died Of Natural Causes

September 25, 2002

DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams' death was due to natural causes and was not drug or alcohol related, as had been widely speculated. On August 14th, the 30-year-old frontman was found dead in a bunk on his tour bus. The band was in Manassas, Virginia, on its way to the next day's Ozzfest show in Bristow.

"The news is in. The toxicology report came back negative," the band's tour manager, nicknamed "Shawdog", wrote via the band's official web site. "'Nothing found' and this is the truth my friends." A toxicology report confirmed that the singer died of a heart problem. Further tests were ordered after an autopsy conducted soon after Williams' death proved inconclusive.

The toxicology report is said to have confirmed that the singer died of a heart problem, and his death certificate now reportedly lists natural causes as the primary cause of death.

In a prior post, the tour manager had adamantly denied reports that Williams had choked on his own vomit, emphasizing that there was no way to immediately tell the cause of Williams' death, as he "looked like he was sleeping" when he was discovered. "The band and crew were not up drinking like frat boys, taking drugs etc.," Shawdog wrote of the band's overnight travels to Manassas from Noblesville, Indiana, where DROWNING POOL had played the night before.

"We were watching DVDs and I even shut Dave's bunk T.V. off at 5:00 a.m. to the sound of his snores," Shawdog continued. "It's no secret Dave loved to drink and enjoy life but this was not the night of hardcore parties... Dave was not a pot head — did not do heroin, etc."

DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce was equally adamant about the fact that there had been nothing unusual about the last night of Williams' life.

"People have been asking and I want everyone to know, that night was no different from any other — it was actually pretty tame," Pierce said at the singer's funeral on August 18th.

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