July 12 1952 – February 12 1995
On May 29, 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer, one-time bassist for Iron Butterfly, were found. Kramer had been missing for four years, and to this day nobody knows exactly what happened to him.
Kramer’s 1993 Ford Aerostar van was found at the bottom of a Malibu ravine by hikers in a canyon about 1.5 miles east of the Pacific Coast Highway. His remains were found inside the vehicle, and later identified through dental records. Though his death was ultimately ruled a “probable suicide” by authorities, his family’s doubts as to the actual events have remained.
Reference; Ultimate Classic Rock – Dave Swanson published February 12 2015