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Jefferson Airplane

Drummer Killed

In Car Accident

6/6/2013 9:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joey Covington
-- who played drums for the psychedelic 1960s band Jefferson Airplane -- was killed in Palm Springs Tuesday in a deadly car accident. He was 67.

According to the Desert Sun, Covington was driving alone around 5pm when his Honda Civic left the road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall. The Riverside County coroner's report says Covington was not wearing a seat belt at the time. No other car was involved.

Covington's vehicle reportedly hit the wall with such force ... it went flying onto an elevated driveway several feet above the crash site, where a nearby motel guest tried to resuscitate the musician.

The bystander was unsuccessful and Covington died at the scene. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

One of Covington's close friends told the Desert Sun, the drummer's wife believes a heart attack or stroke caused him to drive off the road.

In addition to playing for Jefferson Airplane -- known for songs "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" -- Covington also played for its successor band Jefferson Starship, and co-founded the rock-blues band Hot Tuna.

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tab    

How sad.

442 days ago
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Elsa    

Prayers for him and his loved ones.
RIP Joey ♥

442 days ago
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kaz    

He built this city on rock and roll. RIP.

442 days ago
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v montpetit    

Joey did not play on Surrealistic Pillow, the drummer on that album was Spencer Dryden,

bad reporting

442 days ago
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rob    

what a shane. he will always live through the music.

442 days ago
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Geo    

Worst reporting ever!! Almost none of this info is correct....

442 days ago
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Shoozie    

My sincere condolences to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Joey.

442 days ago
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James    

did they say Honda Civic? ... sad indeed.

442 days ago
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Miva    

My thoughts and prayersgo out to Joey's family esp[ecially his wife Laura, seen here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/music/lauren-taines-jefferson-airplane-drummer-joey-covingtons-wife/.
RIP Joey, thanks for the great moments!!

441 days ago
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Valerie Gawin    

Spencer Dryden my friend of over three decades was the drummer for the Airplane in the 60's ans early 70's until he split to play for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the the Dinosaurs. Covington played with the Starship. poor fact checking but not unusual. At least have the decency to put on the page a cover album the guy played on.

441 days ago
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Valerie Gawin    

Spencer Dryden my friend of over three decades was the drummer for the Airplane in the 60's ans early 70's until he split to play for the New Riders of the Purple Sage and the the Dinosaurs. Covington played with the Starship. poor fact checking but not unusual. At least have the decency to put on the page a cover album the guy played on.

441 days ago
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John    

R.I.P. What a great group, remember it well.

441 days ago
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Moyra    

He could have had a heart attack or stroke that caused him to veer off the road like that.

441 days ago
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Suzi    

Sounds like it could have been on purpose? Or he may have suffered some medical emergency just before hand. Sad news non the less. RIP

441 days ago
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Rick    

It was my era and bands like Jefferson Airplane made it a great time..RIP man ..And thanks for the good times groovin' to your music.

441 days ago
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