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Vance Bockis, D.C. Punk Rocker, Dies at Age 50

D.C. punk rocker Vance Bockis, member of local punk and metal bands The Obsessed, The Factory, 9353, and Pentagram, died Saturday at age 50, reports WTOP.

Bockis spoke openly about his previous heroin addiction in Shift, a 2010 biography directed by Falls Church, Va., filmmaker Steven Biver. "I should be dead or I should be in prison," says the musician. "While I was in the throes of my heroin addiction, one overdose, I woke up in the hospital, and it was like I just woke up after a couple hours, but it was nine days later. I was in a coma."

According to Bockis' wife, Linda Leisz Bockis, her husband had been clean and sober for more than six years. He died of a blood clot in their Fairfax County home following rotator-cuff surgery.

WTOP notes that 9353 had recorded new material recently, and The Factory was scheduled to play a gig at the Howard Theatre Sept. 29. A memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home.

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  1. #1

    Date of Memorial is Sept. 13th Not sept 29th as listed in article Vance Bockis.

  2. #2

    @RoseAnne Sciarrone,

    I didn't say the memorial is on the 29th (that's the day The Factory was scheduled to play Howard Theatre), but I did not provide a date for the memorial. It is Sept. 13. I've updated the post. Thanks.

  3. #3

    oh ok. Ty for updating :)

  4. #4

    Rest In Peace, Vance

  5. #5

    VANCE WAS A GOOD PAL. WE WERE HOPING TO HAVE HIM AS A GUEST ON LOCAL TV SHOW "MONSTER MADHOUSE"...AFTER ALL THESE YEARS KNOWING HIM & PLAYING IN DIFFERENT BANDS TOGTEHER... HE WAS SUCH A CREATIVE GUY AND FULL OF ENERGY.

  6. #6

    9353 used to leave graffiti on the roof of my old apartment building at 1616 16th st nw. i think a picture of said graffiti ended up on their 1st album. ah, dc in the good old days without all that poseur shit that took over the music scene later on in the 90's

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