‘ Bear’ Stanley reported dead
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.