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Diabetes Killed Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia: Lessons that Were Learned

How he died

Photo: Jerry by Duluoz Cats.

Just eight days after his 53rd birthday, Jerry Garcia was found dead in his room at the Serenity Knolls Treatment Center. The cause of death was a heart attack. Garcia had struggled with drug addiction, weight problems, sleep apnea, heavy smoking, and diabetes.