There’s something odd about the deaths of The Who drummer Keith Moon and The Mamas and the Papas singer Mama Cass. First of all, they died way too young, both at age 32. But that’s not the weirdest thing. Cass and Keith died in the same apartment, 4 years apart from each other.
The apartment officially belonged to Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was a songwriter himself, best known for his single ‘Everybody’s Talkin‘, and his version of Badfinger’s ‘Without You‘. His work often took him to the USA, so he decided to rent his flat in London to musician friends.
It was in one of those periods that Nilsson had left for America, that the tragic death of Mama Cass happened. On July 29, in the year 1974, Mama Cass (Cass Elliot) was found dead in the apartment that she rented from Harry Nilsson. Cass died of a heart attack while she was asleep. Because of false news reports, many think that she died choking on a sandwich, but that’s not true.
Almost four years later, on September 7 1978, Keith Moon, drummer of The Who died in the exact same apartment as Mama Cass did. Cause of death? 32 clomethiazole pills he took to reduce his alcohol withdrawal symptoms. He took those pills on a doctor’s prescription, but the doctor instructed Moon to take no more than three pills a day.
What about Harry Nilsson?
After two of Harry Nilsson’s friends died in his apartment, he believed it was cursed, and who wouldn’t? He sold the property to Keith Moon’s bandmate Pete Townshend, and moved to LA to live there permanently.