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
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.