Ordinary man dies “lonely but awesome rock star death” in Darwin

Ordinary man dies “lonely but awesome rock star death” in Darwin

4 March, 2015. 15:06

ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact

POLICE ARE investigating the death of a 27-year-old Darwin man after his body was discovered this morning in a Coconut Grove apartment.

Blake John Harding, pictured on NYE, died over an alcohol and marijuana drug cocktail. Friends said they didn't see it come. PHOTO: Supplied
Blake John Harding, pictured on NYE, died over an alcohol and marijuana drug cocktail. Friends said they didn’t see it come. PHOTO: Supplied

Blake John Harding was found with a number of empty beers cans and drug paraphernalia scattered around the residence.

Detectives have concluded that the man may have died “an awesome rock star type” death – but many in the community are calling the apparent overdose a tragedy.

Acting Sargent Stacy Green said in this morning’s press conference that Mr Harding “went out with a bang” and that people should be “admiring him for his hard living” and “flagrant disregard of mixing alcohol with marijuana”.

“Let’s make one thing clear here, this is not a tragedy. Mr Harding died like a legend,”

“Friends of the deceased have told investigators that the man was always fearful of ‘Hendrix-ing himself’ and would always make sure not to sleep on his back,”

“Unfortunately, he was so messed up last night that he passed out face down in bed and died like a rockstar”

“It was pretty awesome, though. What a legend.” he said.

Details have emerged surrounding the last days of Mr Harding’s life, where he confided in work colleagues that he was “homesick” and “missed his family” – a similar story to most rockstar tragedies – However, Mr Harding was not famous.

The rate at which ordinary people are dying like rock stars is on the increase, with many other completely anonymous people dying from drug overdoses, plane crashes and car accidents.

Nearly 1200 Australians died in car accidents last year, with over half of those fatalities caused by Alcohol.

Alcohol and drug abuse has been linked to many rock star deaths, which make it a very appealing way to young people.

High-profile figures and complete unknowns have died in awesome ways since the beginning of last century, with over 90% of actors, musicians, writers and reality television stars accidentally ending their lives like rockstars.

In 1997, actor Chris Farley died of "speedballing" on cocaine and heroin. His last words were to a prostitute, asking her not to leave him.  PHOTO: Colombia Tri-Star
In 1997, actor Chris Farley died of “speedballing” on cocaine and heroin. His last words were to a prostitute, asking her not to leave him. PHOTO: Colombia Tri-Star

One “cool” example of this phenomenon is actor Chris Farley, who died of a radical acute opiate and cocaine overdose at is Chicago home.

Farley died like a rockstar after finishing a four-day bender in the company of a disgruntled sex worker.

Minutes before Mr Farley died, his aquantaince snapped an “awesome” photograph of him lying there and then left.

Farley died sometime that night, alone in his apartment and was found in a state similar to the way Mr Harding was found in Darwin. Although, fame was a defining factor as to how well his death was received by the public.

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