The New York Doll and Heartbreaker Johnny Thunders died 18 years ago on Thursday in a New Orleans hotel room. Altho passed off by the authorities at the time as drug-related, the cause of death has never been satisfactorily established. A pioneer of punk rock guitar, Thunders oozed both style and attitude, and was a life-changing performer if you could catch him on a good night. Rest easy, Johnny.

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