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Rezin's Jon Blank Dies Of Drug Overdose

Jon Blank reportedly passed this past Saturday night. Jon was well-known in Maryland and beyond for his time plowing riffs with his band REZIN, and was the bassist on Scott "Wino" Weinrich's critically-praised solo album "Punctuated Equilibrium."

An official statement from Jon's sister, Andrea, reads as follows:

"Dear friends - There is no easy way to write this email, and while I would rather call you all personally, I just can't find my voice right now without crying. Jon passed away Saturday night from a drug overdose. That is what we believe/know at this time. He just got back in the States from an amazing European music tour on Friday. He was doing so well and, well, I guess he thought he was invincible and wanted to celebrate his return. I can't even begin to imagine how he really felt though.

"The funeral is this Tuesday, May 5, at 2pm at King David Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, VA 22042. More details will be in Monday & Tuesday's Wash Post.

"Thank you all so much for your overflow of calls and love and support. Know that I truly appreciate it and I am so thankful to have so many friends who knew Jon and love us. Love, Andrea (Jon's Loving Sister)"

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1. Jamez writes:

Another man gone for no reason whatsoever. I guess we'll never learn. I didnt know Rezin or Jon, but all I can say, its a shame this just keeps on happening time after time. RIP Jon

# May 5, 2009 @ 8:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. bummedmetaldude11 writes:

Jon was an amazing bass player in addition to being a complete musician. He could cover a multitude of Dylan tunes on an acoustic without a hitch. He could play Black Crowes or the heaviest of metal riffs. It didn't matter. He simply loved music. Whenever I saw him he was smiling. His band Resin is amazing and their singer has one of the best voices I have ever heard live. I have seen them on a number of occasions and they always rocked. As much time and effort Jon put into his music along with the talent he and the rest of his band mates have it is upsetting that they never got their fair dues. Much love guys, you all rock! Jon is in a better place now but my heart goes out to the band and his friends and family.

# May 5, 2009 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

what did he OD on?

# May 5, 2009 @ 10:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Obvioso the obvious man writes:

Drugs. Duh!

# May 5, 2009 @ 11:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BodomBeach writes:

I really feel for his family, friends and fans. No one deserves to die in my opinion.

I offer them my condolences

RIP

# May 5, 2009 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Jeff Gee writes:

My whole family is sadened by this we are family in Florida. I want Thank all who have such kind words to say about Jon. He will be Missed we all have such great memories of him and no one can take that from us.
Love to his Grandmother, Andrea, Barb and Barry.

Love U Guys, Jeff,Deb, Jess, Jonand Nick

# May 5, 2009 @ 3:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. BoltThrower writes:

I don't know this dude but I know Wino from early Saint Vitus. Overdosing sucks! Too bad I'm doing the same on beer right now.

# May 5, 2009 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Jack's Bistro writes:

Heroin. Very sad. Jon was a sweetheart, and had tried to kick the habit a few times. Just got back from a European tour with the nationals. Truly terrible.

# May 6, 2009 @ 3:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. That_One_Guy writes:

I've never heard of Jon Blank or Rezin, but R.I.P., man. Much sympathy to his family, friends, and bandmates.

# May 6, 2009 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. ... writes:

You cant overdose illegal drugs because there is no dose to go by...
f***ing Morons

# May 6, 2009 @ 12:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. That_One_Guy writes:

... -- If you die from it, it's overdosing. Duh.

# May 6, 2009 @ 1:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. DDAMM writes:

So sh**ty that good people get addicted to such bad things. Heroin is an inescapable hell for so many people, and often the only way out is an accidental death. R.I.P Jon

# May 6, 2009 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. ... writes:

No, overdosing would mean to go over the dose that is meant to be taken... Its kind of in the name...
There is no reccomended dose for heroin, is there?

# May 6, 2009 @ 6:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. That_One_Guy writes:

... -- Of course there's no ''recommended'' dosage for heroin, it's illegal. But I'd say that taking enough to kill you qualifies as overdosing... that's why it's called overdosing...

# May 7, 2009 @ 2:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. davidg writes:

Jon was a great guy and incredibly gifted, well-rounded musician. He was also an addict who struggled, as many of us do, to stay clean. He knew as much as anyone where the path of hard drugs would lead him. He tried to get to meetings and at least at one point recently had a year of clean time. He was so excited to be going on tour with Wino.

Someone wrote up above that "often the only way out is an accidental death." If only that were true, it would make Jon's death the only thing that could have happened, and maybe less tragic somehow. But the tragedy, for me, is that there are are ways to stay off the drugs that kill so many addicts so often. I sat with Jon in meetings every week, with people who had 10, 20, even 30 years clean. I so long to imagine him at 50, 55 years old, celebrating 20 years of clean time, being a role model for some young rock and rollers and remembering back in the day when he was struggling.... I wish Jon could have kept going to meetings and getting the support he needed from other addicts in recovery.

# May 7, 2009 @ 8:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. What? writes:

What a f***ing jack ass.

# May 7, 2009 @ 11:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hater_guy writes:

why is it when someone dies suddenly everyone talks how great of a person they were? and another thing, how come drug addicts usual say they 'almost died'? they didn't almost die. people who survived cancers almost died. the drug addicts just had too much of a good time.

# May 8, 2009 @ 9:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. 8822 writes:

a$$hole threw his life away.

# May 8, 2009 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Blindgreed1 writes:

My sympathies to his friends and family. RIP.

# May 8, 2009 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. BoltThrower writes:

The only reason to overdose is because you are alive. Life isn't worth much. You can stave off death for a few years, but you'll be dead in 60 years anyway. Color your hair, don't smoke, don't drink, exercise, avoid the sun. You're still dead. Put it off 5, 10, 20 years. You're still dead. Did Reznik die early? Not really. He just died a bit earlier than the rest of us. Pave the way, Reznik.

"And if you go and prepare a place for us, come again and receive us unto yourself so that where you are, there we may be also."

R.I.P. Reznik.

# May 9, 2009 @ 12:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. darkxtrike writes:

I wished it was axl rose instead. That f***in psychopath egomaniac

# May 10, 2009 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. ozzzy writes:

another gone..............F U C K

# May 12, 2009 @ 6:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Rychemn writes:

My condolences to the family and all his friends. Like davidg said, he knew the path and where it would lead to. Having a year clean is just the begining, I know, I have just over a year clean myself and I struggle everyday with it. But sadly the bottom line is this, I can't change anyone, I can only change myself. It starts with being true to one's self first (honesty) for me, I deserve a better life and so far I can't complain, my life today is way better than I could've ever imagined it. But I must put the fellowship into action and be willing to take advice from others like my sponsor. My best thinking almost got me killed too!!! I have seen many people in the last year die from an overdose or what-not and it's a constant reminder to myself of how addictions are usually fatal (sad to say) Once again, my heart goes out to all who knew him especially loved ones.

# May 19, 2009 @ 3:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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