Drug Addiction and Death
Bill Evans is buried at Roselawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Section 161, Plot K.
During the late 1970s, Evans became addicted to cocaine. At first, it was only one gram per weekend, but later developed in various ounces taken daily. Also, his brother Harry's suicide may have influenced Evans's emotional state after 1979. For example, he bought three plots in a Baton Rouge Cemetery, where Harry rested. It is also known that he voluntarily quit his treatment designed to combat his chronic hepatitis. Verochim has claimed that Evans was clear in mind that he would die in a short time.
On September 15, 1980, Evans, who had been several days in bed with stomach pains at his home in Fort Lee, was accompanied by Joe LaBarbera and Laurie Verchomin to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he died that afternoon. The cause of death was a combination of peptic ulcer, cirrhosis, bronchial pneumonia, and untreated hepatitis. …