I recieved an interesting e-mail some time ago (Jan 7th), and after getting a permission from the sender, I will now post the message here. The mail gives details about Matt and his contribution in HoP & his death. This is what Mike wrote:
I had spotted some posts regarding "Who was Matt Champy?" on your board.
Matt Champy was my cousin and he was Danny Boy's best friend for many years.
I think they had known each other since high school or maybe even junior
high. Matt was actually friends with all the guys in HOP but especially Danny.
I've read several places that Matt was a founding member of HOP, but that's not
really correct. He hung out with the guys, but HOP had already been signed
by a label and were getting started when Matt died in March 1992.
QoolQeith on your board had it pretty close as far as how Matt died, but
here's the story: he had gone with 2 friends out to the Troubador in Hollywood
and a couple of other clubs. One of the friends was able to swipe a cannister
of nitrous oxide from Northridge Hospital (I think he worked there part-time or
something). They went to a convenience store where Matt took a small bag of
baloons. Doing nitrous is similar to filling baloons with helium and sucking
the helium out, and it gives a minor high. They parked the friend's truck at
the side of the road nearby, started getting high with the windows rolled up.
They left the valve of the nitrous off, and the cab of the truck filled
completely with nitrous. They all passed out/fell asleep, and they all three died.
The truck was found the next morning. Matt was 21.
I think the other guys from HOP were at the funeral but I don't remember. I
know Danny Boy was there because he and I were both pall bearers. The story
made all of the local papers and news programs and started a big movement about
the dangers and availability of nitrous oxide, especially since it had been
considered a relatively safe high. The fact that Matt and Danny Boy were
friends didn't really get any attention at the time because HOP hadn't hit it big
I personally want to thank Mike for his post and clearance, I really appreciate it. I'm sure all you guys do too.
If we put our boobs together, we can think better!