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How did Billy Conway die? Drummer ‘Morphine’ dies aged 65

Morphine drummer Billy Conway is no more. Conway recently passed away at the age of 65.

Conway’s death was confirmed by his bandmate, Jeffrey Foucault, and this comes 22 years after the death of band member Mark Sandman on stage.

We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Morphine/Treat Her Right drummer Billy Conway. One of the best drummers and best friend, Billy has had a long battle with cancer. We love you Billy. Give Mark our love. REST IN PEACE instagram.com/p/CXsIZ2YMPF_/…

The band Vapors of Morphine also paid tribute to Conway on Facebook, saying they were disappointed to learn about Conway’s. death and send condolences to their family and friends.


Find out the cause of death of Billy Conway

Billy Conway died of cancer and had a long battle with the disease. The drummer was diagnosed with bowel cancer and had to undergo an emergency surgery in 2018 and six months of chemotherapy.

Conway’s cancer metastasized to his liver in 2020 and he released his first solo album the same year. Don’t know if Conway has hospitalize at the time of his death or at his home.


About Billy Conway

Dave Champagne, Billy Conway, Mark Sandman and Jim Fitting perform at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt via Getty Images)
Dave Champagne, Billy Conway, Mark Sandman and Jim Fitting perform at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt via Getty Images)

Billy Conway is from Owatonna, Minnesota, and is most famous for his work with the rock groups Treat Her Right and Morphine. He attended Yale University in 1970 and met Jim Fitting, who later became a member of Treat Her Right.

Conway and Fitting later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and met Mark Sandman and David Champagne in 1985. Conway used cocktail drums at the time and was known for their spacious and relaxed sound.

After Morphine was formed in 1989, Jerome Deupree was the original drummer, but Conway played most of the time. After Sandman’s heart attack in 1999, Colley and Conway formed the Morphine Orchestra and toured to raise money for the Mark Sandman Music Education Foundation.

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Colley and Conway later formed Twinemen with Laurie Sargent, and Conway occasionally joined the Vapors of Morphine. Conway has also been a part of other artists’ albums and live dates and is a drummer on Early Riser. Then, Conway, Fitting and Champagne recorded an album in 2019.

Billy Conway’s first album, Outside inside, was released in 2020 and he works as producer and engineer.



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