Grace Slick Mourns Passing of Jefferson Airplane Band Mate, Former Lover Paul Kantner

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Grace Slick is mourning the death of one of her original Jefferson Airplane band mates and former lovers. Paul Kantner died on Thursday of multiple organ failure following a heart attack he suffered earlier in the week. Kantner was 74.

Taking to social media, Grace Slick shared a few words in honor of her dear friend.

Rest in peace my friend.Love Grace

Posted by Grace Slick on Thursday, January 28, 2016

Paul Kantner is the first of the Jefferson Airplane band members to die. He was one of the founding members of the band's spinoff, Jefferson Starship, in 1974.

Grace Slick sang lead vocals for Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Starship, as the band was known in later years. The early songs detailed life with sex, psychedelic drugs, and communal living. They played at both Monterey and Woodstock music festivals.

"Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" are the cumulative bands' biggest hits, and feature Grace Slick on lead vocals.

Grace Slick isn't the only person from the music world grieving Paul Kantner's passing.


Grace Slick and Paul Kantner have a daughter, China Kantner, who was born in 1971.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.