MONDAY NOVEMBER 25 The worst day of our lives. Naw (the Drakes’ housemaid) had looked in on Nick at 11.45, found him lying across the bed and called to Molly. She went in and found him dead. After desperate phone calls we got Ackroyd and, shortly after, an ambulance which was, of course, too late. Ackroyd had declared Nick to be dead and to have been so for some hours. The contents of a Tryptizol were missing. So ends in tragedy our three-year struggle.
-Diary entry by Nick's father Rodney Drake
On November 25, 1974 singer-songwriter Nick Drake died of an overdose of prescription pills. at his parents' home. He was 26 years old and had recorded three classic albums: Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Drake had spent years battling depression, that "black dog" that followed him around .