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On the 25th September 1980 the greatest rock drummer ever, John Bonham, died in Clewer, Windsor. He was 32.

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John Bonham died aged 32 on the 25th September 1980 in Windsor, England, as Led Zeppelin prepared for their next American tour.

On the previous day Bonham had attended rehearsals at Bray Studios for the tour which was the band's first US tour since 1977. On the journey to the rehersals, Bonham stopped for breakfast, where he drank four quadruple vodkas and then continued to drink heavily at the rehearsals.

The band rehearsed until late in the evening and then retired to Jimmy Page's house in Windsor. After midnight Bonham fell asleep and he was put to bed. Led Zeppelin's tour manager and John Paul Jones found him dead the next afternoon.

He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music. The readers of Rolling Stone magazine named Bonham as the "best drummer of all time" in 2011.
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