June 5 [11:40 EDT] — Singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley’s body was discovered early Wednesday evening in the Mississippi River, confirming the grim expectations of friends and family members.
Ironically, Buckley’s body was discovered at the foot of Memphis’ famed musical mecca, Beale Street.
Tourists on the American Queen riverboat spotted the 30-year-old Buckley’s body in the water at about 4:40 p.m. and notified the crew, which retrieved it.
Buckley was initialy identified by his clothes and jewelry, but was later positively identified by his road manager. Police said there were no signs of foul play.
Buckley, who had been in Memphis since February working on his second album, had just finished having dinner with Keith Foti last Thursday and the two were on their way to a rehearsal studio at about 9 p.m. when they stopped at the marina.
A fully clothed Buckley suddenly decided to “go swimming,” something he’d done there previously.
boats created waves, Foti turned his back for a moment, and when he looked back, Buckley was gone.
Funeral arrangements for Buckley were incomplete as we went to press.