Legendary Partier Dies After ‘Medical Event’ at Jail

Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Galen Avery, an original member of the hard-charging Montecito party crew of the early 1980s known as the “Cito Rats,” died last week at Cottage Hospital after suffering an undisclosed “medical event” while in custody at the county jail. A confirmed alcoholic, Avery also worked the past 15 years at the bait shop by the city’s waterfront where he was both well-known and well-liked. Avery was homeless because of his drinking, and had multiple run-ins with law enforcement over public inebriation. It remains uncertain what happened to Avery while in county jail; one account suggests he may have had a seizure, fell from his bunk, and split his skull.

According to Kelly Hoover, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, Avery was booked into jail by Santa Barbara police officers on June 20 for an outstanding arrest warrant and assigned to dorm style housing in the main jail. Two days later, shortly after midnight, he suffered what Hoover described as a “medical event.” Twenty-five minutes later, he was transferred to an observation cell, where Hoover said he was checked twice every 30 minutes by jail staff and medical personnel. Upon the recommendation of medical personnel, Avery was transferred to Cottage Hospital eight hours later. On July 5, he died.


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Fell and hit his head, a la Natasha Richardson and not had treatment?...just wondering.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 5:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank goodness the Indy puts stories of loser ex-entitled partiers from the 80s on their front page.

And thank goodness Nick has a place to write about old memories he had about the C-Rats.

And really thank goodness that other hard working, honest, and unknown Santa Barbarans who died yesterday were not written about on the front page of the Indy.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 7:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Best Indy headline ever?

SB_Guy (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, what a sad ending after a life of addiction. Not sure if this guy had family but I am sure it was hard on them if he did. Poor decisions.

I would say jail staff might want to pull their heads out and be a little more proactive and cautious with regards to diagnosing head trauma.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank goodness the Santa Barbara Independent is independent and discloses what might otherwise be swept under the rug.

ahem (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 11:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

These ding dongs called the cito rats, nothing but a bunch of failed trust fund kiddies.
All they were known for was getting hammered then getting in fights. of course, like their gang brethren, they could never fight 1 on 1, it had to be the whole pack of them against 1 person.
Saw these jackasses in Isla Vista at parties where certain bands (RKL, Dahmer's Icebox, Threatened Hope, Latch Key Kids, Soup Kitchen, et al) were playing.
A bunch of punk poseurs funded by rapidly dwindling trust funds, driving expensive mommy-daddy purchased cars and doing whatever drugs they could get their paws on. Realitycheck88 nailed it.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Galen was not from a rich family. There was no "Trust Fund" for him. He and his brother were locals at the Biltmore Pier and Butterfly Beach, back in the early 80s.
Montecito had working class families living there in those days, people who worked in the area.
Of course he could have done better for himself by not drinking, but Alcoholism is self perpetuating, the more you drink, the more you want to drink. the more you need to drink. and he was in very deep in that respect. He was convinced he might die from withdrawals from alcohol, so he drank 24/7 and that can only lead to disaster, and it did. He did survive an amazing number of years on mostly beer for breakfast lunch and dinner

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 5:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, blahblahmoreblah....You are such an idiot. You have no idea who Galen was or the kind of friend he was. Yes he had a drinking problem, but guess what ! so do millions of others in the world as well.
For you to make a moronic statement about Galen and the Cito Rats as "a bunch of failed trust fund kiddies" is completely Wrong ! You must be a Goleta Squid with no real friends. It sounds like you are actually jealous !! Galen Was a True friend and you could always count on him when you needed him. And what do you know about Punk Rock ?? have you ever been in a band ?? My guess is not ! RKL was a true Cito based band that went on to tour the world and had true musical talent ! Galen came from a middle class family and never was handed anything ! he worked for what he had and to disrespect him when you knew nothing about him just shows what a jealous person you are . Get a life and go back to Goleta !!

oldcitoboy (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 6:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The negative comments here speak more to the source rather than to Galen, bitter losers. Galen in all his hell would never trade lives with you. Blahblah Goleta/IV loser jealous that the Cito Rats always had the best looking girls in town. Apparently you never found one, still sitting in Goleta dive bars complaining about life and spending way too much time posting negative crap on the Internet. What were you doing at an RKL gig if you hated Cito Rats! Jason Sears and Galen were bros. How about a little Galen RIP. It was good knowing you. Never did anything wrong by me. I'm sure Blah surfs about as good as he has done with the ladies.

sbreader (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Some pretty cheap shots taken at Galen here from people who didn't know him or grow up in Cito.
How about you put aside your agenda and have a little respect for someone who has passed away instead of making Galen's many friends feel even worse.
Proud to have grown up in Cito and no, I didn't have a trust fund.

greghuglin (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 8:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

im a cito rat trust fund baby and damm proud of it...i think that guy from goleta got FELTCHED one to many times, thats why he is in goleta....

trustfundkid (anonymous profile)
July 17, 2014 at 8:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Galen was a good friend and supporter of Montecito's most well known punk band RKL. here is a link tto their album "Riches to Rags"

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2014 at 6:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow, sad this turned into a Cito vs Goleta thing. trustfundkid-LOL! Sadly I think this is more about addiction that geographic location. If anything good can come out of it, it maybe some of the people he ran with will take head and make some changes if they need to. Too many people dying early around here for such a nice place we live in.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2014 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RIP Galen.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2014 at 10:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Me, an idiot? I'm not the one who drank himself to death. Evolution wins... AGAIN.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2014 at 12:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So sad. RIP Galen. He did survive a long time living the way he lived. I'll always remember him, his heart, his voice, his stories. He was a huge part of my life during a time long ago back on the Mesa. I'll never forget him. Sad sad sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Xoxoxo Galen Avery. Until we meet again.

OldfriendofGalen (anonymous profile)
July 18, 2014 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

RIP Galen and condolences from an old school, original Mesa Rat. <3

This really makes me wonder what the County jail's training and procedure is for handling drug and alcohol withdrawal. Whether or not one agrees with the circumstances of being an addict or alcoholic, undeniably withdrawl can be lethal and requires both prevtative and proactive treatment. Leaving one untended to the point of seizure while incarcerated can legally be seen as culpable. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the investigation.

bythesea (anonymous profile)
July 19, 2014 at 9:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

RIP Galen. You were loved. Condolences to all the family and friends of Galen. Keep the memories alive.

Lieeil (anonymous profile)
July 19, 2014 at 11:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Karma has something special planned for you blah.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
July 21, 2014 at 7:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blah: Did you know Galen?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 21, 2014 at 8:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Cunning. Baffling. Powerful.

Another victim to this addiction and disease.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
July 22, 2014 at 9:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

BlahBlahBlah I hope someone knocks your teeth down your throat.

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
July 23, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just came across this article and was so sickened by the ignorant comments that were negative towards Galen that I had to comment. I was born and raised in Montecito. I knew Galen back in the day. He was loved very much by his friends and family. In fact, his brother is one of the most loving people around and I've known him for nearly 30 years. It is true that many of the "cito rat" crew have been plagued with drug and alcohol issues. There is no sugar coating that fact, but what so many fail to realize is that the loyalty and love among this group of friends (and that's what they are, in truth & not a gang) is as strong as steel. Some of the most influential and talented surfers,snowboarders, skaters, artists and trail blazing individuals came from t this group. Some went on to greater success and some, sadly succumbed to their demons. The love and loyalty of this group also transcended monetary lines. As was pointed out in a previous post, not everyone who came from Montecito back in the day was a trust fund baby. That is so insulting and ignorant to insinuate such. I am not posting to bash, just trying to right some hurtful and wrong comments. I will always defend the memories of my friends. Galen, you were a true original and loved. RIP

mimosagirl (anonymous profile)
October 24, 2014 at 8:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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