18 Mar, 2012 @ 13:39
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Thin Lizzy guitar ace eight times over the limit

IT was the classic rocker death – an alcoholic guitar legend found dead in his underpants in a luxury hotel, with enough booze in his system ‘to send most people into a coma’.

As reported in the Olive Press last year, Thin Lizzy rocker Gary Moore, 58, suffered a heart attack after a heavy night of champagne and brandy in Estepona.

Now, a post mortem has revealed the father of three was found with 380mg of alcohol in his blood – that’s eight times over the Spanish limit for driving and just shy of the amount found in Amy Winehouse’s body when she died.

“It’s enough to send most people into a coma,” a source revealed.

“His body seems to have given up on him.”

The musician was staying in the 4,200 euros-a-night Kempinski Resort Hotel to kick-start a sunny romantic holiday with his new girlfriend, who was in her 30s.

But she raised the alarm at around 4am, distraught after discovering Moore’s lifeless body.

“We believe the deceased had been drinking heavily,” an ambulance source said.

A hotel employee added: “They were going to eat at the restaurant but it was closed so they had a sandwich at the bar with a bottle of champagne.

“They later went back to the bar where Gary had brandies. He seemed fine when he left around 11pm.”

The Belfast-born musician – best known for his time in Thin Lizzy who had hits such as The Boys are Back in Town – was considered one of the finest guitarists of his generation, with Bob Geldof later describing him as ‘one of the greatest blues players of all time’.

Eloise Horsfield

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