Andrew Wood lead singer of the band Mother Love Bone died here at Virginia Mason Hospital in downtown Seattle on March 19, 1990. Andy passed away from "complications" from a heroin overdose because sources that suggest Andy survived the overdose, but rather was killed by an allergic reaction to drugs that were administered to him while he was in a coma in the hospital. He was only 24 when he died just before the release of Mother Love Bone's debut album Apple.
His death closed the door on the future of Mother Love Bone but sent the doors wide open for Pearl Jam and the tribute band Temple Of The Dog founded by Andy's roomate Chris Cornell. After Temple of the Dog, ex-Mother Love Bone members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament founded Pearl Jam along with Mike McCready, Eddie Vedder and Dave Krusen. So basically if Andy was alive today, Pearl Jam would never have existed.
Andy was living with his fiance, Xana La Fuente who discovered his overdosed body. "He was dead when I found him, and I didn't really realize it," she remembers. "I flipped him over and was shaking him. I looked at his arm and dialed 911 . They told me to get him on his back and give him CPR. When they arrived, they pronounced him dead, made me sign this paper, and then told me to go to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, Andy was alive. He was alive for three days.
"He had an aneurysm in his brain that would have caused him to have a stroke eventually; so he did the drugs and probably had a stroke a few hours later, which knocked him out. They got his heart going again at the hospital, but his brain had swelled up from not breathing. They told me he could get worse, which he did. We had a meeting with the doctors on that Monday, and they said Andy's brain was dying, and it wasn't going to get any better. We had three hours to say goodbye to him."
"His whole family was at the hospital, like 20 people. They all went in and saw him. Then all of his friends went in and saw him. Then I went in had cut his hair off and kept it. I played some Queen for him-they were his favorite band. The doctors turned everything off, and I just held him really tight and listened to his heart until it stopped. It took like 15 minutes. God, it's so wild. I can't believe I went through that. When I think about it all, it freaks me out."
He was sober for 161 days when he overdosed. The heroin dose he overdosed on was extremely small and the Hospital had reported four other heroin over doses that evening Andy was brought to the hospital, so it was definitely a "bad batch" that had hit the streets and wound up in Andy's arm.
Along with being the inspiration for all the songs on the Temple Of The Dog album and essentially kick starting Pearl Jam, the song Would? by Alice in Chains is dedicated to Andrew Wood.