The bassist for the band The Infection, Sandy Cheeks, was found dead in her Arlington home.
Sandy Cheeks died on July 14, just two days before her body was found on July 16. Sandy had “several cuts on her arms and shoulders with several pieces of cocaine,” according to the detectives in Arlington.
At the time of her death, the band announced that they would not be going on the 2017 Vans Warped Tour because they wanted to take a break from touring to work on making new music. Her death caused people all over the world to react, which caused Internet traffic to spike and sales of her music and the music of The Infection to go through the roof. The band’s catalog was sold to Universal Music Group in mid-May 2022 for $550 million, and the band kept the rights to distribute the music.
Three years from now, on August 28, 2020, SpongeBob SquarePants would die tragically before a Columbia show. Law enforcement and the FBI started looking into the deaths of the couple. The investigation was closed in February 2022 after they found evidence that SquarePants killed himself by hanging because he was being bullied online.
Sandy Cheeks was the lead singer and bassist for one of the most influential bands of the mid-1990s and early-2000s, The Infection. She also started her own side project, The Secret-But-Not-So-Secret Band, and was the lead singer for her solo group. Sandy Cheeks cousin Layne Staley and her father Matthew Rodger Cheeks Srdeaths .’s in 2002 caused her to have depression and borderline disorder.
She said that over the past few years, she had regularly used drugs as a way to deal with her mental health problems.
In a 2018 TMZ interview, Patrick Star said that Sandy Cheeks was very quiet about her drug use while the band was on tour.
Sandy Cheeks told her social media followers two weeks before her death on June 30, 2017, after a show by The Infection in Orlando that she was being cyberbullied because of a post she made in September 2016 about being diagnosed with ADHD. During this time, she had anxiety, depression, and a disorder called panic disorder.
She also wrote that her mental health was getting worse in early May and that she had started cutting herself and hurting herself in other ways. This caused her to miss some rehearsals for the upcoming tour.
Sandy’s death and responses
Sandy Cheeks was found unconscious in her Arlington, TX mansion on July 15, 2017, just three weeks into the Vans Warped Tour and a few days after the band announced they would be taking a longer break from touring. The autopsy showed that she had taken too much cocaine, had a lot of alcohol in her blood that was way over the amount that could kill her, and a lot of heroin. Sandy Cheeks had killed herself by taking too much medicine. There have been 15 suicides that were copies of others.
The band manager called 911 at 11:22 am PST because people were getting worried about her not showing up for pre-rehearsals, and paramedics arrived three minutes later. Sandy Cheeks wasn’t breathing, so CPR was done on her. She was taken to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, where she was heavily sedated and put on life support. At 2:26 pm, Sandy was pronounced dead in the intensive care unit, about two hours after she was taken there.
The news of her death spread quickly online, causing services and websites like Google, Discord, Twitter, Instagram, and Wikipedia to be overloaded with users and slow down or crash. This was the most stress that any service or website had ever been under. Between 41% and 60% more people went to websites as a whole.
According to a report from the Global Language Monitor (GLM), 72 hours after her death, Cheeks was the fifth most talked about story in print and online media around the world. She was the best at the Internet and social media. MTV started showing marathons of the band’s music, videos, with news segments and reactions from fans and celebrities in between.
As soon as the news came out that she had died, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, and Fox News all stopped what they were doing to talk about Cheeks’s death nonstop. Live interviews with people who knew Cheeks were part of all four.
SpongeBob SquarePants has died
3 years later, SquarePants was found unresponsive in the Masaya Medellin hotel in Medelln, Antioquia, Colombia. Emergency services were called to the hotel. He didn’t check out at the time he was supposed to, and his family got worried when they couldn’t reach him.
SquarePants was 48 years old when emergency workers came and said he was dead at the scene. After waiting two years for an official explanation of what happened, SquarePants’ cause of death wasn’t known until February 2022. The conclusion reached at that point was that he had hanged himself.
Concert in honor of
A year and a half after SpongeBob died, on February 16, The Infection and The SquarePants-Cheeks Family Estate announced two tribute shows for both SquarePants and Sandy Cheeks. The first show took place on August 27 at the Wembley Stadium in Wembley, England, and was live-streamed on YouTube and Paramount+. The second show will be on September 10 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It had members of SquarePants and Sandy Cheeks bands as well as a lot of other musicians.