Teenage Head's Gord Lewis Found Dead in Homicide

Hamilton Police report that a man believed to be Lewis's son has been charged

Photo via @teenage_head_official on Instagram

BY Alex HudsonPublished Aug 8, 2022

A man has been found dead in Hamilton, ON, and the body is reported to be that of Gord Lewis, guitarist of the classic Canadian punk group Teenage Head. He was 65.

In a press conference, Hamilton Police's Detective Sergeant Sarah Beck said that a "positive identification has not been made of the deceased due to the level of decomposition" [via Global News]. The Hamilton Spectator reports that the victim is Gord Lewis.

Update (8/8, 5:00 p.m. ET): Teenage Head have updated their Facebook page with a tribute to Lewis, writing, "We are heartbroken and still trying to process the loss of our friend, bandmate and brother Gord Lewis  Our hearts are with his family and all that knew and loved him. Gord was a force and an inspiration to many. You were taken from us far too soon."

A man — Jonathan Lewis, aged 41 — has been charged with second-degree murder; investigators believe that the accused is Gord Lewis's son. He was a resident of the apartment suite owned by the victim.

Teenage Head shared a black-and-white photo of the guitarist on Instagram. The post has no caption.

Police estimated that the body had been decomposing for "two to three" days, making identification difficult. He was found during a wellness check by officers, who were tipped off after an email was sent to the media with information about the deceased.
The victim had injuries suggesting foul play. Further information has not been made public.

Teenage Head formed in Hamilton in 1975, with Lewis as one of the founding members. The band announced this summer that Lewis was back in the lineup and would be performing with them this year.

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