‘ Bear’ Stan­ley re­ported dead

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

THE 1960s LSD chemist and coun­ter­cul­ture fig­ure Owsley ‘‘ Bear’’ Stan­ley has died in a car crash in far North Queens­land. Stan­ley, the orig­i­nal Grate­ful Dead sound en­gi­neer, is be­lieved to have been driv­ing on Satur­day when his car swerved off the Kennedy High­way north of Ma­reeba and slammed into a tree. The 76-year-old died at the scene while his fe­male pas­sen­ger was taken to Cairns Base Hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries. For­mer Rolling Stones and Grate­ful Dead tour man­ager Sam Cut­ler, who now lives in Bris­bane, is said to have re­leased a state­ment on be­half of Stan­ley’s fam­ily say­ing the fa­tal crash hap­pened near Stan­ley’s North Queens­land home. Queens­land po­lice say the crash is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and they can’t con­firm if it was the 60s icon who died. The rene­gade grand­son of a for­mer gov­er­nor of Ken­tucky, Stan­ley was ar­rested sev­eral times dur­ing the 60s for man­u­fac­tur­ing LSD and is cred­ited with lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the psychedelic era.

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