His death notice said it perfectly: Led Zeppelin II has climbed the “Stairway to Heaven.”
He collapsed because of a heart ailment Friday at an auto parts store in Downstate Bethalto. He was wearing one of his many Led Zeppelin T-shirts. Fittingly, a Led Zeppelin song was on the radio, according to Claude Walker, an owner of the Part Stop.
“It was like they were welcoming him home,” said his ex-wife and friend Cheryl Blackburn.
Mr. Zeppelin — who went by “Led,” “Zep” or “LZ’’ but would also answer to George — felt there was nothing life threw at you that a little Led Zeppelin couldn’t make better, said his daughter, who is not named Led Zeppelin III. She is Mindy Baker.