Randall William Rhoads, better known as Randy Rhoads, was an American guitarist who co-founded Quiet Riot. Rhoads became famous when he got the job as guitarist and co-songwriter for Ozzy Osbourne’s first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz (1980) and Diary of a Madman (1981). Sadly, Rhoads played his last show on Thursday, March 18, 1982, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. During the bus drive to a festival in Florida, the bus took a stop to fix a malfunctioning air conditioning. On the property owned by the Calhoun Brothers tour bus company, there was an airstrip with helicopters and small planes. The tour bus driver and private pilot, Andrew Aycock, took a single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane, and Rhoads was on the second flight that went horribly wrong. One of the plane’s wings clipped the top of the tour bus, breaking the wing into two parts and sending the plane spiraling. The plane then severed the top of a pine tree and crashed into the garage of a nearby mansion, bursting into flames. Rhoads (25) was killed instantly.

Randy Rhoads’ mausoleum is at Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery in San Bernardino, California.

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