In 2012, the world lost a great rock musician, friend, husband, and father to suicide. Ronnie Montrose led his own, self-named band in the 1970s, but also performed with the likes of Sammy Hagar, Boz Scaggs and the Edgar Winter Group. Many musicians covered his songs including Iron Maiden, who covered I’ve Got the Fire and Space Station 5. Van Halen also played versions of the songs Rock Candy and Make It Last during their early club days.
Leighsa Montrose, Ronnie's wife, recall's the very day he decided to leave this world. In an interview with Lorraine Viade, Supervising Psychologist of the Los Angeles Mental Health Department, she opens up about what Ronnie was like, as well as what he left behind. With September being Suicide Prevention Month, it feels appropriate to share this moving and insightful conversation. You can read the interview, The Legacy of Suicide, below.