'DRUG DEATH' OF MAVERICK R.D. LAING'S LONELY SON; Adventurer: Adam Laing. Top: His Late Father RD Laing

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'DRUG DEATH' OF MAVERICK R.D. LAING'S LONELY SON; Adventurer: Adam Laing. Top: His Late Father RD Laing


Byline: Michael Seamark, Jennifer Sugden

THE son of Sixties cult psychiatrist R D Laing, who championed the useof LSD and claimed families create madness, has been found dead in a tent on aMediterranean island.

An empty vodka bottle and a quantity of drugs were found at the feet of thebadly-decomposed body of 40-year-old Adam Laing.

Spanish police have yet to establish the exact circumstances of Mr Laing'sdeath.

But his half-brother said yesterday his sibling had died after 'a wild nightgone wrong' on the tiny island of Formentera, near Ibiza.

His maverick father, a heavy drinker who regularly took LSD with his patients,was an icon of the 1960s counter-culture movement.

The Glasgow-born doctor argued that insanity was a perfectly understandablereaction to the madness of society and famously linked psychosis to badparenting - while fathering ten children with four women.

Adam Laing, whose mother was a German graphic designer, was found on Tuesday.It is thought his body had lain in the tent for at least a week.

His half-brother Adrian, a London barrister who wrote a biography of theirfather, said: 'It is a terrible shock to us all, we all loved him dearly.

'Adam was a chip off the old block, he was a free spirit and very much like ourfather.

'We know relatively little at the moment but it seems as though it was a wildnight gone wrong. Adam's mother has flown out to Spain to find out more.'Spanish authorities are waiting for the results of a post mortem examinationbut said one possibility was that Mr Laing, who had never married and had nochildren, had mixed drink with drugs. …

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