Dancing Outlaw Jesco White Dead at 59

Bandytown, W.Va — Fans mourn iconic West Virginia wild-man Jesco White, who died at his Boone County home after inhaling twin doses of lighter fluid and gas fumes Saturday.

Fans received a rude awakening who believed White finally got clean following the successes of Jescofest, a festival held in his honor, and the most recent Johnny Knoxville documentary “The Wild and Wonderful Whites.”

Jesco White was on a super double high.

“I was on a super double high.”

Documentary footage portrayed a clean and sober man, skirting only the throes of a very real cocaine addiction. No footage of inhalant abuse was released, so the news caught many off guard.

“I thought he was just on the cocaine,” said Bandytown resident Deanna Warrick, 33.

Authorities said they found White dead in the “Elvis room” – a wall-to-wall shrine of Elvis memorabilia erected by White as a monument to his bottomless rage.

For years, friends knew White suffered depression in the wake of the death of his wife, Norma Jean, but said they did not intervene because they did not know he was huffing paint thinner and gasoline, and feared physical assault.

“We didn’t want no trouble,” said Boyd Denton, 56, “we just wanted to believe Jesco was okay. But he wasn’t. He never was.”

A drug saturated private ceremony is being planned by the White family.

51 comments to Dancing Outlaw Jesco White Dead at 59

  • bubba

    Jesco ain’t dead we burned one last weekend

  • wanda folsom

    can’t find an obit online anywhere so he is alive :)

    • JW

      HOWDY,LET ME AGREE AND TELL MY STORY…I WAS AT A LIQUOR STORE IN COLUMBUS OHIO YESTERDY..A GUY WALKED PAST ME I LOOKED AT HIM AND THOUGHT..WOW.SEEN WIL N WONDERFUL DOC A FEW TIMES..COULDNT THINK OF HIS NAME KINDA STUNNED..I SPOKE TO HIM “HEY BUDDY U EVER WATCH DOC.WILD N WW OF W.VA?” HE SAID “JESCO WHITE” I SAID “YES U LOOK JUST LIKE HIM” HE SAID IN FRONT OF A LINE OF CUSTOMERS “THATS A HELL OF A INSULT” I SAID “DIDNT MEAN IT THAT WAY” THIS MAN HAD A THICK WHITE BEARD..AND HIS EYES CONVINCED ME ITS JESCO AND HIS DEMEANOR,,VOICE,HUMOR,BUILD…IN PARKING LOT I SAW A OLD PICKUP TRUCK AND THOUGHT THATS HIS..HE CAME OUT OF STORE WITH BUD SELECT 12 AND SPOKE TO ME “HEY THATS MY TRUCK”..I SAID “YEP THOUGHT SO” HE LAUGHED AND I LAUGHED…NEVER FORGET THIS CHANCE ENCOUNTER…THEY SAY EVERBODY HAS A TWIN…WOW BUT.

  • chewy/aka steam on !!!!!

    I hope he is alive, he & his family are true standup & tell it like it is people!!!!!!!! Would love to see Jesco perform live.. Anyone know if he will be performing in Florida anytime in the near future?

  • Richard Leroy Wiles jr,

    Goodnight Bo.

  • Richard Leroy Wiles jr,

    Bo’ I wanna be with you in a doggie style state of mind.