Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Legendary Rock Bassist Mark Tulin Dies At USC Catalina

Mark "Professor Psychedelic" Tulin, 62, bass player with the influential '60s group The Electric Prunes and an experienced deep-sea diver, collapsed while performing volunteer work for the USC Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber in Avalon, California. Tributes are pouring in to the USC-CHC page on Facebook under the post:

It is with deep sadness and a very heavy heart that I inform you of the death of Mark Tulin. He collapsed today while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up and had immediate response by Baywatch Avalon and Avalon Fire Department medics, but he could not be revived.

The USC chamber is an emergency facility for SCUBA divers suffering decompression sickness (DCS), or the bends.

Read more about Tulin's career with The Electric Prunes, including a trippy Mike Douglas Show video, at Rock Edition. More recently he played with Smashing Pumpkins, whose Billy Corgan remembers Tulin in his blog.

O2.0 is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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