10 July 1953
Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, United States
22 March 2011 (aged 57)
Zoogz Rift (born Robert Pawlikowski; July 10, 1953 – March 22, 2011) was a musician, painter and a professional wrestling personality.
The Trouser Press described Rift as "an iconoclastic original" who was "as imaginative and stimulating as he is irritating and vitriolic." Rift was influenced by Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart as well as Salvador Dalí and Ayn Rand. He began his recording career with the album "Idiots on the Miniature Golf Course", released by Snout Records in 1979. Keyboard Magazine, in a special "Experimental Music" issue, described Rift's album The Island of Living Puke as "moments of outstanding free-form rock, sandwiched between scrupulously obscene interruptions."
Zoogz Rift died on March 22, 2011, aged 57. His death was due to serious complications from diabetes which he had been battling for well over a decade.
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