Newspaper articles about the death of Terry Kath

Here are two articles which appeared in newspapers on Jan.24 & 25, 1978. They are about the death of Terry Kath. These are transcriptions exactly as they were printed.

Chicago's Lead Guitarist Fatally Shoots Himself

Associated Press, Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1978

Los Angeles (AP) - Terry Kath, the lead guitarist for the jazz-rock group Chicago, killed himself when he put what he apparently thought was an unloaded pistol to his head and pulled the trigger, police said.

Kath, 31, who also sang and composed songs for the group, died instantly Monday, said police investigator Tim Yost.

Yost said Kath, of surburban Malibu, and his wife had been drinking at the nearby home of friend and band technician Don Johnson when the accident occured.

Kath, a gun hobbyist, had earlier put another pistol to his head and pulled the trigger several times, but that gun was not loaded, Yost said.

Johnson had warned him several times to be careful. But then, the officer said, Kath picked up an automatic pistol, put in a clip and put that to his head, telling his wife and Johnson, "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

Yost said there was no immmediate explanation why Kath had taken the gun to Johnson's house. But he added, "For now, we're listing it as an accident."

Kath, a native of Chicago, was one of the founding members of the group, which started 10 years ago as the Chicago Transit Authority. Among recordings made popular by the group were, Grammy winner "If You Leave Me Now" and "Baby, What A Big Surprise."

Linda Grey, a spokeswoman for the group, said no concerts were scheduled until next summer.

Kath had listed guns and motorcycles as his chief hobbies. "I do target shooting, but I prefer just to go out into the desert and shoot at beer cans," he once said.

All of Chicago's concerts have been sell-outs.

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'CHICAGO' LEAD SINGER KILLS SELF

Associated Press, Jan. 25, 1978

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Terry kath, lead singer with the rock music group Chicago, killed himself Monday when he put what he thought was an unloaded gun to his head and pulled the trigger, police said.

Police investigator Tim Yost said Kath, 31, of Malibu, Calif., was at the suburban home of Don Johnson, one of the band's technicians, when the shooting occured.

Kath, his wife and Johnson were having a party and drinking, Yost said. Kath earlier had put another pistol to his head and pulled the trigger several times, but that gun did not fire, Yost said.

Then he picked up an automatic pistol, put in a clip, and put that to his head, telling his wife and Johnson, "Don't worry, it's not loaded."

Yost said the automatic pistol belonged either to Kath or his wife. He said there was no immediate explanation why Kath had taken the gun to Johnson's house. But he added, "For now, we're listing it as an accident."

Kath, a native of Chicago, listed his favorite hobbies as motorcycle riding and guns.

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