Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images The sad news came across late Wednesday afternoon…
- Posted on Jan 16th 2010 2:00PM by Liz Colville
Maher had been released from jail 11 days before the overdose, according to the UK's Camden New Journal, and had been planning to go on vacation and subsequently move in with his girlfriend.
A St. Pancras court ruled that the cause of Maher's death was "misuse of drugs." According to a London coroner, Maher was found with "eight times the fatal level of heroin" in his blood, writes the New Journal. It is not believed to have been a suicide attempt.
Maher had reportedly battled drug problems following Flowered Up's 1993 split, but had since cleaned up his act. He signed with the label Poptones in 2001 and was expected to release solo work, but the deal apparently fell through and the music never materialized.
Flowered Up was only together for three years, but during that time saw impressive success in the rave scene with songs like 'It's On' and 'Weekender.' Featured on the cover of magazines like NME, Flowered Up was deemed the "Cockney Happy Mondays" and branded the London equivalent of the dance-infused northern rock scene helmed by bands like the Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets.