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Blues Traveler Bassist Overdosed

October 21, 1999

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A coroner has classified the death of Bobby Sheehan, bassist for the Grammy-winning rock band Blues Traveler, as an accidental drug overdose.

Sheehan, 31, had heroin, cocaine and Valium in his system when he was found dead in his home two months ago, toxicology tests showed.

``It’s very sad,″ Coroner Frank Minyard said Wednesday. ``This guy had a bright future.″

Sheehan and three high school friends formed Blues Traveler in New York in the mid-1980s. Led by harmonica virtuoso John Popper, they built up a national following. The hit single ``Runaround,″ which won a Grammy in 1995, catapulted sales of the band’s album ``Four″ past the 4 million mark.

Sheehan moved to New Orleans in 1996.

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