"I need you so that I could die. I love you so and that is
A Big thank you to Steve Goldstein for his photographs of Andys house, and
of Andys grave, from his website Beneath Los Angeles, accessible from the
links page. Thanks Steve.
By some accounts, Andy was living in London at the end of his life. I havent
found that to be true, and his official address at the time of his death was in
Woodland Hills, California. There is also reason to believe that the singer was
living in Miami at the time, because he had declared bankruptcy there in 1987.
There are many people more qualified to write about Andy, and please, feel free
to submit any more comments.
The home mentioned as his official address is located on Oakdale Avenue, in
Woodland Hills. I think its really his sisters house.
In the early Eighties, Andy co-hosted the TV show Solid Gold, and
appeared in various stage productions.
Andys career as a singer peaked with songs like, "I Just Want to be
Your Everything," and "Shadow Dancing," in the late 1970s and
early 1980s. He also had a very public relationship with Victoria Principal,
which ended badly in 1982. Word is out that Andy was really distraught that
Victoria dumped him, but his cocaine use was just too much of a strain on their
relationship. More about her later. Andy decided to enter Betty Ford in 1985,
for cocaine addiction.
While they were together, they released this single.
Pass the insulin.
Andy finally got over sticky Vicky, supposedly kicked his coke habit, and was
ready to return to work. By January 1988, comeback seemed close at hand. His
bankruptcy had been discharged, and he had signed a new record deal with Island
Records, and was scheduled to start recording in the spring.
In March of 1988, Andy was in London, working the new album. He celebrated
his 30th birthday here on the 5th. He was staying near
Oxford, when, on the morning of Thursday, March 10th, he entered John
Radcliffe Hospital, complaining of chest pains.
UPDATE March 2001:
Findadeath.com friend Dominic Druce snapped these
great pictures of the Hospital where Andy died.
Thank you Dominic!
He died on March 10, 1988, just five days past his 30th birthday. His death
from myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) followed a long battle with cocaine
addiction, which had weakened his heart. There were rumors of suicide, but those
were squelched upon the release of his death certificate.
Findadeath.com friend Christina from Ontario writes in:
"On Andy's death certificate there is an error. Bernice Barbara Gibb is his mother
(she goes by Barbara), and not his sister. As for the house being his sisters, Andy has two
sisters. Leslie (who is the first born of the Gibb children) I believe she either lives in Australia or England. The other sister is Berri
(who is the youngest and actually is a cousin and not an actual sibling), she lives in Las Vegas."
He was shipped back to California, and his funeral was held at Forest Lawn
Hollywood Hills. According to my friends, Kim and Roger, Victoria showed up for
the funeral, but her limo was sent away. The Gibb brothers allegedly hold her
responsible for Andys drug problems. They felt she dumped Andy, when she
could have helped him. Tough call. My pal Lisa sent me this scan of the funeral
prayer card thingy.
As I mentioned, this is pathetically thin, so if you have any real
information to add, please do. Im sure wed all be grateful.
Findadeath friend Scott Williams writes in: "I don't know what his last home address was, but, as you know, he did die in
England. According to a "Behind the music" special on MTV, he was staying in a stone cottage outside London while making his "comeback"
album, had gone back to drinking like a fish, (his prior comeback as Joseph, in the
Broadway show "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," was looking like an
Tony award winner when his cocaine habit took center stage and he was fired after several no-shows).
His last words were reported to be "this can't really kill you can it?"
(the pericarditis). Sad. 30 years old."
Findadeath.com friend Tara Akinlose adds this:
"After he filed for bankruptcy, Andy was living in a condo owned by his
brothers and getting a weekly allowance. He then got the deal with Island
Records, and went to the UK to live on Robin's estate. He was in the guest
house at Robin's (more like a mini castle), and having trouble writing songs on
his own. He got depressed, and started drinking A LOT. He started
missing meetings etc. His mother got worried and came to the
A few days after his birthday, he started having chest
pains, and was admitted to the hospital. His mom was with him, and didn't
want to leave him there, but in the UK, they do not let you stay
overnight. Before she left, she looked in on him and he was sleeping
peacefully. She left, with reservations. The next morning, he
died. He'd been woken up by a medic asking if he could take blood.
Andy said, "Okay, that's fine." Then he sighed and died.
I heard a story about Victoria and Andy when they were
dating. Apparently she liked coke too and was capable of cutting coke like
a Benihana chef. So maybe the Gibb brothers felt like she contributed to
Andy's addiction, since she liked to have a little toot on the side as well.
And as for Andy's Greatest Hits Album, it is currently
out of print. The only "new" song on it is "Man on
Fire," not "Broken Arrow."
Thanks so much Tara. A wealth of information.
Findadeath.com friend Bill Boyer adds: Around the time of his death his reported income from the previous year was a whopping
$8,000. He played mostly small venues, and that was pretty much it. I believe he was staying at his
brother's castle to write and record a new album. Well obviously he never made it. I think Island records were hounding him pretty bad about new music, although he did finish one song. It's called,
"Broken Arrow," I think. It was released last year, on a
Greatest Hits album.