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.