Rock guitarist Hopkins, 32, kills self

TEMPE, Ariz. — Douglas Hopkins, former lead guitarist for the rock band the Gin Blossoms, was found dead in his home Sunday, after having apparently shot himself.

He was 32.

Hopkins wrote the Gin Blossoms’ biggest hit, “Hey Jealousy,” as well as “Found Out About You,” which is No. 5 on Billboard’s current rock chart.

But Hopkins was fired from the group in April 1992 because fellow band members said his drinking hindered his performance at recording sessions.

Hopkins killed himself by putting a .38-caliber pistol in his mouth and pulling the trigger, police spokesman Juan Perez said.

He had been hospitalized two weeks ago after a suicide attempt, said Perez.

Hopkins, whose songs and flamboyant playing appear on the band’s album “New Miserable Experience,” was found in his home Sunday, said Perez. Worried friends went to the home because they hadn’t seen him for a few days, Perez said.

After being kicked out of the group, Hopkins formed a band called Chimeras, but that broke up. At the time of his death, he had been performing locally as a soloist or with other bands.

For some who knew Hopkins, his suicide came as no surprise. It was his sixth attempt in 10 years.

His sister, Sara Hopkins, said, “When I saw him Thursday, I knew I’d never see him again. I just said, ‘Goodbye, Doug,’ and my mother did the same.”

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