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Swimming to Cambodia: December 12, 2001

In the summer of 2001, Gray was injured in car accident while on vacation in Ireland with family and friends to celebrate his 60th birthday. In the accident, his hip was shattered, and his skull was fractured. He suffered from depression in the years following his accident and died of an apparent suicide in 2004.

Not long after his accident, Gray began a revival tour in late 2001 and 2002 of Swimming to Cambodia. At many of these revival performances of Swimming, Gray begins with an introduction that describes his car accident in Ireland and his time in Irish hospitals. Parts of this introduction evolved into Life Interrupted, the monologue that Gray was working on when he died in 2004.

This audio clip includes the introduction and the beginning of Swimming from a December 12, 2001, performance at The Performance Garage.

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