PROZAC: The Tragic Loss of Del Shannon in 1990

Del Shannon


I felt someone tap me on the shoulder tonight asking “Remember me?”

My answer? “I certainly do Del!”

Del singing his hit Runaway on Letterman:

Here is my message tonight to Del:

“Still miss you Del….[please know that LeAnne did everything she could to make it known to the world what really happened to you and know that Eli Lilly’s Prozac will never get away with your death! They have killed so many more since they killed you with Prozac. And by hiding your death and so many others they paved the way for all the other SSRI and SNRI antidepressants! Here is a long list of just a few thousand of those tragic and generally very violent deaths produced by these drugs: www.ssristories.NET

“Prozac, Only a Mineral You Are Missing in Your Brain” ???!!!

“I still cannot believe your doctor lied to you in order to get you to take Prozac since you were so opposed to chemicals after overcoming alcoholism. You tried to tell him no! How he could lie so boldly telling you it was just a mineral you were missing in your brain! Less than three weeks later you were dead just as your career was taking off again like crazy!

Key Doctors Speak Out For Truth

“You will be glad to know that the doctor who discovered the receptor binding process, which made this new class of antidepressants possible came out against these drugs in TIME Magazine, in 1997, calling them “monsters” which she wished she had never had anything to do with contributing to their development …. but no one listened.

“Then just a few years ago the doctor who bought the approval for Prozac with a lousy $30,000 bribe began telling the world about the criminal acts that got all these antidepressants on the market … too late to save your life and too many others. Here is a radio show I did with him admitting all this if you want to hear his admission:

John Virapen

Dr. John Virapen

Audio link:

“Don’t worry Del….you are not forgotten and neither is Eli Lilly for what they did to you and to oh so many others since then. The world WILL know you were murdered by their deadly drug Del! I promise you!”

Tragically Still No Warning for Those Dealing With Substance Abuse

Although there is every reason to issue strong warnings that antidepressants should never be used by those like you who have suffered alcoholism or substance abuse of any kind that warning remains unheard. From the beginning the antidepressants produced overwhelming compulsions for alcohol, even in those who had never touched alcohol before. (See more information here: )

Those compulsions for alcohol were in fact the first thing that drew my attention to Prozac. And we now have studies showing that antidepressants produce an increase in drinking in 45% of those who had problems with alcohol before. This should demonstrate the necessity for antidepressants to be contraindicated for those suffering from this. Instead these drugs seem to be the drugs of choice for those in rehab as a treatment for alcoholism or substance abuse! How absurd!!!!

Initial News Reports of Del’s Death

News announcing Del’s death including an interview with his wife, my dear friend, Leanne, who I have missed since we lost contact after what was clear to me was a hallmark gag order on Del’s wrongful death suit put into place after a settlement:

Clearly LeAnne was the only one interviewed here who understood what had happened to Del and that this was not a “choice” he made in taking his own life. Few knew what a health nut Del had become and how spiritual a person he was and how much he loved Leanne and would never have “chosen” to leave her and his family.

Thankfully in Contact Again!

I am very happy to report that since this blog post first came out the end of September 2014 Del’s widow and my dear friend, LeAnne Westover, and I are once again in contact with  one another after she sent me the following very sweet note on my  Ann Blake Tracy, Author page on Facebook….

Dear Ann,
With all my heart I thank God for you,
you are not forgotten my friend.

YES!!!! It is so wonderful to find old friends! LeAnne is such a sweetheart and I hope and pray she, as SO MANY others are having to do, can make it through another of these painful anniversaries for the loss of her beloved husband while feeling Del/Charles near her, comforting her ….

Search our database of documented antidepressant-induced tragedies from Columbine to Andrea Yates to the Atlanta Day Trader to the New York City Subway Bomber and many, many, many more at ….. www.ssristories.NET

Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness &
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.

WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!

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