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RKL RIP


Jason Sears, lead singer of the Santa Barbara-based punk band Rich Kids on LSD (RKL), died January 31 while undergoing treatment for heroin addiction at an alternative clinic in Mexico. The 38-year-old father of three passed away in his sleep from severe blood clotting, a possible side effect of the hallucinogenic ibogaine used to combat his addiction. Sears is the third member of RKL to pass away in the past 10 months—the original drummer, Anthony “Bomber” Manzullo, died of “unknown reasons” at his home last December, and Derrick Plourde, the band’s occasional drummer, shot himself in the head last spring in Santa Maria. Ibogaine—a Class One drug outlawed in the U.S. since the mid-1960s—is used in clinics around the world to treat drug, alcohol, and nicotine addictions.

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