October 22 [11:30 EDT] — The Smashing Pumpkins have issued a brief statement refuting yesterday’s Associated Press report that said the Smashing Pumpkins will be paying the widow of their late keyboard player, Jonathan Melvoin, approximately $10,000 as a settlement for the drug overdose death of her husband.
The press release stated that the band made a “substantially larger contribution” to the Melvoin’s family and that “the particular figures are a private and confidential matter between the band and the Melvoins and no other information will be provided.” It added that contrary to published reports no litigation was filed against The Smashing Pumpkins in connection with the death of Jonathan Melvoin.
The AP story said that Laura Melvoin had asked for damages claiming that the band was partly at fault for her husband’s death by not making sure he stayed off drugs. The money is tagged for the couple’s son who was four months old at the time. The 34-year old musician,
a touring member of the band and a former member of The Dickies, died in July of 1996 after shooting heroin with then Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin. Chamberlin, who was charged with drug-related offenses and given a suspended sentence, was subsequently fired from the band.