3. Gidget Gein/Brad Stewart
As cofounder of Marilyn Manson, Gidget was one of the biggest music icons to come from Hollywood, Florida. Manson (Brian Warner) may have been the leader, but bangable Brad was often an early focal point. But drugs derailed his career.
He told this pape
r about ODing in the bathroom of a Thai restaurant in Wilton Manors back in 1992, when the band was starting. That same year, recovering from another overdose, he was fired from the band. He straightened out somewhat, became a bag boy (collecting dead bodies and bringing them to the morgue), then began a successful art career. But he moved to California a few years ago, got back into junk, and sadly ended up in a morgue himself in October 2008.
2. Fred Neil
Though raised in St. Petersburg, Neil made his name on the Coconut Grove coffeehouse circuit back in the '70s. David Crosby absolutely worshiped him. He's best-known for writing "Everybody's Talkin," which became a hit for Harry Nilsson in the film Midnight Cowboy.
Neil never had a hit and never seemed to even want one. He spent his last three decades devoting most of his energy to dolphin research and protection. In fact, his song "Dolphins" has been covered by Tim Buckley, The The, and Dead Can Dance. He passed away in July 2001.
1. Jaco Pastorius
Calling himself the world's greatest bass player, Pastorius came up through the South Florida jazz scene and willed himself into becoming exactly that. His fluent, fretless style led fusion giants Weather Report to some of its highest heights, and he played with Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.
Jaco grew up in Oakland Park and died after a drunken altercation with a bouncer outside a Wilton Manors nightclub on September 21, 1987. He was 35 years old. His twin sons, a bassist and drummer, continue to create their own jazzy grooves.