The mother of the troubled teen who inspired Pearl Jam to write “Jeremy” speaks out

On January 8, 1991, a very troubled 15-year-old Jeremy Delle walked into a classroom at Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas, pulled out of a .357 magnum and shot himself in the front of the entire class.

Eddie Vedder, who had recently moved up from San Diego to join Pearl Jam (then still known as Mookie Blaylock) read about Jeremy in the paper. Recalling when a kid at Eddie’s high school in Illinois shot the place up (no one was hurt except the fish in an aquarium that blew apart), Eddie wrote “Jeremy,” The song became of the major hits on the Ten album.

The real Jeremy’s parents were not flattered or comforted by this. Ever since the song was released, they’ve been besieged by Pearl Jam fans wanting to know more about their dead son.

Jeremy’s father has gone on record as being very angry about the song and the pain it has caused him. His mother, though, has remained silent. Until now.

In this TV report, Wanda Crane talks about the day her boy took his own life. The report also features comments from Brittney King, a classmate of Jeremy’s who was in the room that day.

(Read more at Consequence of Sound)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ 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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