“This is how I’ll always remember Jeff”
ST. LOUIS–Friends and family of Jeff Moore gathered to share memories and anecdotes about the former musician today. Moore, 45, who was found lying naked on his bathroom floor with a hypodermic needle sticking in his arm surrounded by dozens of baggies of black tar heroin, will be remembered as a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky sort who would give a stranger the shirt off his back, and who absolutely loved black tar heroin, his friend and former bandmate, Shawn Sutton, recalls.
“Jeff never had a bad word to say about anyone,” Sutton says, “He doted on his mother and siblings, and on his nieces and nephews. You’d be hard pressed to find anything bad to say about the guy, aside from his crippling addiction to black tar heroin.”
Once regarded as the most talented drummer in the St. Louis independent music scene, Moore stopped playing music two years ago to focus on his true passion, which was injecting black tar heroin directly into his veins.
“How many people are lucky enough to wake up every day and do something they love?” Mary Shepherd, Moore’s sister, asks, “Jeff was one of those lucky ones. I mean, literally, as soon as he got out of bed, he was injecting black tar heroin.”
Shepherd and her family will remember Jeff as the practical joker who loved to laugh and above all loved black tar heroin. Sutton says that all who knew Moore can take comfort in knowing that he died doing what he loved most in this world.
“You hear all the time about these adrenaline junkies dying because a parachute didn’t open,” Sutton says, “And you know they got that one final rush before they went. Jeff was a heroin junkie, and I’m glad he got to have that final rush.”
“Jeff was so willing to do things for people,” Shepherd says, “That’s how I choose to remember him. He would do anything for you. Especially if you were in possession of black tar heroin. You can’t imagine the things he would do for you then.”