The Cowsills Suffer Two Tragedies

Published: 2006-02-22
This past weekend was a tragic one for former sixties family band The Cowsills.

The Cowsills were a band made up of Barry, Bill, Bob and John Cowsill, their sister Susan and their mother Barbara. The sixties band inspired the seventies television show the Partridge Family.

Barry Cowsill was living in New Orleans in the months prior to last year's devastating hurricane Katrina. Though it wasn't known exactly how he passed away, Barry's disappeared shortly after the hurricane and his remains were found in the area in late December. Barry would have been 51 in September.

The Cowsills were gathered in Rhode Island for a memorial service for Barry when news came that their oldest brother and lead singer of their former band Billy Cowsill had passed away in Calgary where he had been living, he was 58 years old.

According to the Associated Press Barry, "was suffering from emphysema, osteoporosis and other ailments". He had also gone through some drug and alcohol problems in the past.

According to E! Online, "Another Barry Cowsill memorial was planned for this coming weekend in New Orleans. There was no immediate word on services for Billy Cowsill."

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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