(Classic Rock) Free guitarist Paul Kossoff committed a slow suicide as a result of not being able to deal with his acclaim, says bandmate Andy Fraser.
The bassist recalls the harrowing moment he and a Free roadie tried to kidnap Kossoff in an attempt to get him off drugs after the band had split up. Realising he wasn't going to accept their help, the pair were left with no option but to let him continue with his lifestyle choice – and that was the point at which Fraser bade his former colleague goodbye.
Kossoff continued his downward spiral after Free's final split in 1973, and died in 1976 aged 25 while preparing for a tour with his band Back Street Crawler.
Fraser's story is a Classic Rock exclusive excerpt from his book All Right Now: Life, Death and Life Again. Check it out.