Gord Lewis of Teenage Head found dead. Police believe he was murdered by his son

Gord Lewis, a founding member of Teenage Head back in 1975, was found dead in his Cathartine Street South apartment in downtown Hamilton on Sunday. His body was discovered by police. His 41-year-old son, Johnny, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. There are no other suspects. Lewis was 65 years old.

His body was found after a 911 from a staff member at the Hamilton Spectator requested a wellness check stemming from a series of emails from two accounts in the name of Jonathan Lewis–Gord’s son–saying that Gord was dead. The messages, which were sent to a variety of news organizations, began around 8 pm Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning.

An autopsy has been scheduled for a “positive confirmation” of Gord’s remains because of a “level of decomposition.” He may have died two or three days before he was found.

I met Gord countless times over the years. He was a gentle sort with many, many friends. And as part of Teenage Head–a punk-era band from Westdale High School that formed before both The Sex Pistols and The Clash–he helped shape the future of Canadian rock.

Gord had been going through a rough patch, health-wise. He’d also been hospitalized in 2019 for five months suffering from depression.

This is a developing story.

Photo Credit: Photosynthesis Studio
Photo credit: Photosynthesis Studio

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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