Jeff Buckley's Body Found In Mississippi

The body of singer and songwriter Jeff

Buckley was found floating in the Mississippi River

yesterday afternoon (June 4). Buckley had been missing and

presumed drowned since going for a late-night swim last

Thursday.

Memphis Police Lt. Richard True told ATN this morning that

the body was found "shortly before 5 p.m. near Riverside

Drive and Beale [Street], floating in the water." True said,

"One of the passengers on a passing passenger boat thought

he observed what was a body in the water. We went down

there and did indeed recover the body.

"There was quite a bit of decomposition," said True, but "no signs of foul play. The medical

examiner has to rule as to the cause of death. Right now it appears to be accidental drowning."

Memphis authorities have stated that, so far, there is no evidence of drugs, alcohol or foul play in

Buckley's drowning. The medical examiner will determine if there were drugs or alcohol in

Buckley's system at the time he died.

True said that Buckley was wearing a white T-shirt with black sleeves that read "Altamont," and

pictured crossed rifles. The body was identified by Buckley's road manager, Gene Bowen.

The 30-year-old Buckley was in Memphis to work on the follow up to his critically acclaimed

debut Grace (1994). He was the son of folk singer Tim Buckley, who died at age 28 of a heroin

and morphine overdose.