Kenny Miller, found dead over weekend, remembered by friends
According to Rick Ewald, everyone in Nevada City knew Kenny Miller.
Miller, 49, was smart and funny when sober. His drinking habits, however, caused health problems, Ewald said.
Miller recently was homeless. He slept on friends’ couches but sometimes found himself without a roof, said Chad Conner Crow, another friend.
“He’s just a fixture in Nevada City,” said Ewald, who owns the property where on Sunday Miller’s body was found. “He’s on the street every single day. He’s in the bar every night. Everyone knows him.”
And they tried to help him, Ewald said.
“Many people told him: ‘Kenny, you’re going to die. You’ve got to stop,’” Ewald said.
According to Ewald, that fear was realized around 2:20 p.m. Sunday when someone spotted something in the backyard of his Grove Street property. Police responded to the scene and found a dead body.
Sheriff’s officials said Miller is scheduled Tuesday morning for an autopsy. No cause of death is known.
No foul play is suspected, Nevada City Police Officer Scott Goin said.
“It’s still under investigation,” he added.
Ewald said he searched for Miller for the past week, intending to buy him a train ticket and send him back to Michigan where he has family. The plan involved several people who knew the man known as the “punk rock pirate.” They intended to chip in $5 or $10, helping Ewald get Miller on the train.
Ewald knew what he’d do: Find Miller and immediately get online and buy him the ticket. He’d then drive Miller to the station and put him on the train to his home state.
“He touched so many people’s lives, probably more than we’ll ever know,” Ewald said. “You’re not just talking about some homeless guy. You’re talking about Kenny.”
Friends are planning a celebration of Miller in a few weeks, though they’ve finalized no details.
Crow said he wants eight to 10 bands to play at the event. Miller supported local music. One of Crow’s bands, “Earles of Newtown,” mentions Miller in a song.
“No matter how challenged he was in life, he was always the same person,” Crow said. “He was always loving to everyone. He was just a really, really likeable person. If someone were to meet him, they were his friend.”
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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