Singer is shot dead in smoking dispute

Singer is shot dead in smoking dispute


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2013

Some said no good would come of smoking bans. In Tennessee, it has claimed a life.

Country singer Wayne Mills, 44, was shot dead by bar owner Chris Ferrell, police say, after a disagreement over whether he was permitted to smoke indoors. Ferrell claims self-defence.

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  • I’m guessing that the smoking argument may have been the catalyst, but that there’s more to this than just that.

  • ruben greenberg says:

    It is all right to carry a gun in the United States, as long as it isn’t a smoking gun.

  • Had to happen sometime.

    • I wish someone would explain to me why anyone under the age of 50 — especially singers, brass players, and woodwinds — would start smoking.

      The evidence (that it’s harmful) is clear, and it’s been out there for a long time.

      • Anon says:

        In moderation, Jeffrey, like so many things, it doesn’t seem to be too harmful. The occasional cigar can be quite enjoyable.

  • V.Lind says:

    Tennessee? Of course it was self-defence (or, as it will be on the plea, “self-defense”). It seems to be an almost fail-safe defence (defense) in the gun states.