A message on his official website said McKenzie had been ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system, and died at home on Saturday.
“San Francisco,” written by the late John Phillips of California band The Mamas and The Papas, became a worldwide hit in 1967 and is credited with bringing thousands of young people to the city in search of flower power and free love.
McKenzie said on the website that the song “was not so much about the city itself, but about an idea. It was more about the Monterey Pop Festival.”
Watch: San Francisco (1967)
The singer followed tens of thousands of young people by dropping out of mainstream society in the late 1960s and moving to Virginia for 10 years following his hit song.
In the 1980s and 1990s he joined The Mamas and the Papas and toured with them until the group disbanded.
“Scott was in and out of hospital since 2010 after falling ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disease affecting the nervous system,” his website said. “It is thought he may have had a heart attack in early August 2012. Staff did not want him to leave the hospital, but he wanted to be at home and passed away on 18th August 2012.” DM
Photo by Reuters.
Watch Pauli van Wyk’s Cat Play The Piano Here!
No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.
Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.
It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.
But our job is not yet done. We need more readers to become Maverick Insiders, the friends who will help ensure that many more investigations will come. Contributions go directly towards growing our editorial team and ensuring that Daily Maverick and Scorpio have a sustainable future. We can’t rely on advertising and don't want to restrict access to only those who can afford a paywall subscription. Membership is about more than just contributing financially – it is about how we Defend Truth, together.
So, if you feel so inclined, and would like a way to support the cause, please join our community of Maverick Insiders.... you could view it as the opposite of a sin tax. And if you are already Maverick Insider, tell your mother, call a friend, whisper to your loved one, shout at your boss, write to a stranger, announce it on your social network. The battle for the future of South Africa is on, and you can be part of it.
The originator of the Big Bang Theory was a Catholic priest.