Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Announces Tragic Loss

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has announced the death of his uncle Jim Corgan. Alternative Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to Corgan and his family during this tough time, and encourages readers to send their love and support to Corgan.

“Say a prayer if you could for my uncle Jim Corgan (brother to my father Bill), who passed into God’s care this morning. He was a good man, and that’s more than you can say for many.”

Corgan has spoken of his bond with his relatives on his Instagram page in recent months, sharing photos with his son Augustus Juppiter, brother Rick, nephew Julian, and a touching video with his father Billy Sr.

He wrote last month, “My brother @rickcorgan and his son Julian with Augustus and I. It’s been a crazy trip! 3 days at Disneyworld with just AJC and I (and I do mean he and I as in no nanny along), visiting my Father on the west of Florida and then my Brother on the east. But so, so rewarding, as I’ve had experiences with my son I wouldn’t have had otherwise. And which means every effort made (good, bad, or indifferent) was absolutely worth it.”

He also discussed seeing his father last month, “AJC with my father, Billy Dale Corgan. Though my Father and I have had our bumps and downs through the years, and as he pointed out to me yesterday, ‘think of the stories I haven’t told you’, he remains the original inspiration for my life in music. And it’s a shame that I don’t have any evidence to demonstrate to you what an incredible musician he was in his prime, and how to this day his talent inspires awe and a sense of dignity in my heart; for music being a noble art, his respect for greatness in others made me want to live up to his high standards.

Which might explain my long-standing scrum with the critical intelligentsia, for believe it or not, and their various condemnations aside, my Father’s standards were always much higher than theirs. So it wasn’t they in whom I wanted ultimate validation from, it was his. Which is why Bill Sr’s blessing on the Orpheus-like return of the band means so much to little Bill.”

AJC with my father, Billy Dale Corgan. Though my Father and I have had our bumps and downs through the years, and as he pointed out to me yesterday, 'think of the stories I haven't told you', he remains the original inspiration for my life in music. And it's a shame that I don't have any evidence to demonstrate to you what an incredible musician he was in his prime, and how to this day his talent inspires awe and a sense of dignity in my heart; for music being a noble art, his respect for greatness in others made me want to live up to his high standards. Which might explain my long-standing scrum with the critical intelligentsia, for believe it or not, and their various condemnations aside, my Father's standards were always much higher than theirs. So it wasn't they in whom I wanted ultimate validation from, it was his. Which is why Bill Sr's blessing on the Orpheus-like return of the band means so much to little Bill.

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  • Cody Devere

    Billy cynically discovering social media. Nobody knew your uncle and nobody needs to know about this dude. Of course it’s some warped idea to “connect” with fans. Cut ticket prices in half if you want to connect pal.

    • Chris

      oh shut up, pal.

    • Matthew Smith

      Apparently you were never taught: better to say nothing that to say rude things.

  • Gary Reilly

    Cynic in me agrees with Cody’s post, the optimist in me hopes that Corgan’s ascent into fatherhood has mellowed him out a bit as it’s done to many before him.

    • JohnBonham808

      He named his kid Augustus Juppiter. Good luck with that.

  • Michael C

    I get to be cynical, too, like Cody and Gary. The headline to the article is ‘Billy Corgan announces tragic loss.’ He lost his Uncle Jim. Okay, so…a mass shooting at a school I would define as “tragic.” Not his Uncle Jim, who seemed to be a bit long in the tooth. Know what I mean? And come on, this article mentions Uncle Jim only two times. Once by the author, and once in a Billy Corgan tweet.

    Nearly the entirety of the article is about the good times he has been having with other family members (Disneyworld, gaining inspiration from his father, and his father validating the return and reformation of Smashing Pumpkins). Neither Billy in social media, nor the author of the above article (other than in one sentence) tell us anything about Uncle Jim. Please change the headline of article to ‘Billy Corgan, on social media, speaks about his family dynamics.’ May Uncle Jim rest in peace

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    • Matthew Smith

      I concur. Uncle Jim presumably was rather old, and Billy apparently wasn’t especially tight with him.

  • Melly Mellow

    Good article. God bless him and his family.