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Clues sought in cause of musician Sahm's death
An autopsy is scheduled today
for musician Doug Sahm, who died Thursday while vacationing in New Mexico.
"There's no trauma and no apparent cause," said Tim Stepetic,
spokesman for the medical investigator of the University of New Mexico
in Albuquerque. "Our look will be real hard at the heart."
Stepetic said autopsy results will not be released until Monday
morning.Sahm, 58, a founding member of the long-running band the Sir Douglas
Quintet and of the Grammy Award-winning group the Texas Tornados, was found
dead in a room in Taos early Thursday afternoon.
A San Antonio native, Sahm started playing music on local radio
stations when he was 5 years old. By the time he was 10, Sahm was recording
for a variety of local record labels. In the mid-'60s, with the Quintet,
Sahm challenged the British Invasion bands with a string of rock 'n' roll
songs, including the 1965 hit "She's About a Mover."
In 1989, Sahm, with longtime musical partner Augie Meyers, Freddy
Fender and Flaco Jimenez, unveiled the Texas Tornados, a genre-blending
band that won a Grammy Award in 1991 in the best Mexican-American performance
category for the song "Soy de San Luis" from their debut album.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Friday, Nov 19, 1999