Rosey Nix Adams, country singer, 45
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Rosey Nix Adams, the daughter of late country music singer June Carter Cash, was found dead in a parked bus along with a Nashville bluegrass fiddle player, authorities said. She was 45. Officials said yesterday that carbon monoxide from six propane or kerosene heaters on the bus may have killed the two. An autopsy was planned. The bodies were found Friday afternoon.
Ted Denny, spokesman for the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, said yesterday that the deaths were "suspicious." He said emergency medical workers found drug paraphernalia, including needles and pipes, on the bus near the bodies.
Investigators identified the victims as Mrs. Adams, who also was the stepdaughter of late singing legend Johnny Cash; and Jimmy Campbell, 40, a bluegrass fiddle player who performed and recorded in Nashville for more than a decade.
Mrs. Adams and her husband, Philip Adams, had recently sold a home in Montgomery County and were preparing to travel in the bus. They had parked the bus behind the house for repairs.
Investigators said the bus may have been owned by the late bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe. Emergency workers found memorabilia from Monroe and Johnny Cash on the bus, such as autographed pictures.
Mrs. Adams was the daughter of June Carter Cash and her second husband, Richard "Rip" Nix. She was a songwriter and had pursued a performing career.
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