Brad Delp Suicide Cause Disputed: Boston Singer Wanted Out of the Band, Friends Insist
This past Sunday, the Boston Globe published a story suggesting that Brad Delp, singer for the rock band Boston, killed himself due to the embarrassment he felt after his roommate discovered a camera he'd hidden in her bedroom. Now, the woman he admittedly spied on, Meg Sullivan, has responded to the piece, blaming Boston guitarist Tom Scholz (seen in the photo above) for initiating a series of events that led to that incident becoming public knowledge.
Many of the late frontman's friends blame Scholz for aggravating Delp's depression and bringing about his 2007 suicide, and after the Boston Herald implied as much, Scholz filed a defamation lawsuit in 2010. Testimony given in connection with that case led to the disclosure about the camera, and in her statement, Meg -- whose sister, Pamela, was engaged to the Delp -- slammed Scholz for pursuing legal action.
"Based on what I know, what I observed, what Brad told me before he took his life, what Brad told others before he took his life and several pretty clear facts, I do not believe that this incident was what led Brad to take his life," she said. "I am sorry, and I am outraged, that Mr. Scholz has treated Brad's family and friends the way he has in the 5 years since Brad's death, filing lawsuits, threatening lawsuits, serving subpoenas and forcing all of us to relive one of the most traumatic events of our lives."
According to Meg Sullivan, Delp had confessed to Pamela that he planted the camera and made amends with his bride-to-be. He was apparently far more distressed about a then-upcoming tour with Boston -- one he badly wanted to get out of. In fact, his suicide came 36 hours after a tour manager called to talk about arrangements for the trek.
On a related note, the Herald has accused Geoff Edgers, the reporter behind the recent Globe piece, of failing to disclose his prior involvement with the case. Specifically, Edgers has admitted that he was wrong to have gone on television and taken Scholz's side of the story.
"We regret that the Globe, having already published a misleading article about the matter in February, 2011, has persisted in assigning someone to cover this case who has literally gone on television and publicly associated himself with Mr. Scholz and his position," said Herald spokeswoman Gwen Gage. "This appears to be an instance of journalistic rivalry getting the better of editorial judgment."
In response, the Globe's editor-in-chief, Martin Baron, said that "any suggestion that our reporter has behaved inappropriately or expressed any bias is flat-out false and based on distortion."
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