Led Zeppelin II has died. Not the album … the man.
Zeppelin, of downstate Bethalto, near St. Louis, was known most of his life as George Blackburn before officially changing his name last fall. “He and Mom got divorced and he wanted to start his life over, like a new chapter,” said his daughter Mindy Baker of Seattle, adding that her father had seen Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s English band probably about 20 times in its heyday of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. “He had always liked Led Zeppelin since they came out, and it was just time to do it.
"My mom says that he talked about it for probably five years before the divorce.” The 64-year-old Zeppelin “climbed the ‘Stairway to Heaven’” May 18 at Alton Memorial Hospital, according to a death notice published in newspapers, including the Tribune. He died of a heart attack, his daughter said.