As the search for the body
of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley
winds down, his friends and family
say they have symbolically let go and
come to grips with his probable
The son of famed folk-music
troubadour Tim Buckley, Jeff
Buckley, who gained instant critical
acclaim after bursting on the music
scene in 1994 with his stunning debut,
Grace, was reported missing after he apparently entered dangerous waters
surrounding Memphis, Tennessee's Mud Island Harbor for a late-night swim
The Memphis Police now presume that Buckley is dead, Lt. Brenda Maples
of the Memphis Police Dept. told ATN this morning. Until the body is
found, Buckley will remain officially listed as "missing," Maples said,
adding that it's up to his family to go to court and have Buckley declared
"At this point the Memphis Police Dept. is periodically searching the banks
and the harbor of Mud Island but they are no longer using dogs, helicopters
or scuba divers," Maples said. "They are currently just using boats in their
search in case the body shows up on the shore."
A press release issued Monday by the 30-year-old rocker's label, Columbia
Records, says that "while Jeff is still officially listed as missing, his family,
close friends and advisors believe that he has drowned."
Memphis authorities have stated that, so far, there is no evidence of drugs,
alcohol or foul play in Buckley's disappearance, although it remains unclear
whether the area in which the singer was wading was safe for swimming .
Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, said of the tragedy, "It has become
apparent to me that my son will not be walking out of the river. It is now
time to make plans to celebrate a life that was golden. I ask people who cared
about Jeff to please be honorable and faithful to his memory, to send their
best wishes to Jeff and to all of us who are mourning his passing."
Ironically, Buckley's dad, who the singer tried to distance himself from for
most of his musical life, died tragically young in 1975 of a heroin overdose.
Buckley was hanging out...