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Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was born August 1, 1942 and passed away on August 9, 1995 of a heart attack while struggling with a heroin addiction. He was best known for his lead guitar work, songwriting, and singing with the Grateful Dead, seen by many as the leader of the group. Garcia, a founder of the Grateful Dead, performed from 1965 to 1995, the Dead's entire career. Some of Jerry's side projects included: Saunders-Garcia Band; Jerry Garcia Band; Old and in the Way; the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo; Legion of Mary.