December 28, 1983

Dec28On this day in 1983, Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys died after diving into the water from a boat slip in Marina del Rey.

Wilson had been in and out of detox all December, ultimately choosing the bottle over sobriety. Intoxicated with vodka, Wilson had been out on his boat with friends when he decided to swim in an area where he had once dumped items from his past.

After retrieving a few trinkets, Wilson went down to search for more items. Wilson failed to appear after 20 minutes had passed, and the search for him ended with the retrieval of his body.

Dennis Wilson was thirty-nine years old.

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