5 Juin 2013
According to local newspaper the Desert Sun, Covington, who had not been wearing a seat belt, crashed his car into a retaining wall at a curve in the road on Tuesday. The impact reportedly propelled his Honda Civic onto an elevated driveway "several feet above the crash site."
A guest at a nearby hotel attempted to resuscitate Covington, but the musician died at the scene, the paper notes.
Covington, who played with Jefferson Airplane from 1970-72, was a self-taught drummer, Rolling Stone reports. Recently described as a "very kind, considerate [and] jovial" person by his friend -- and renowned drummer -- Alvin Taylor, Covington was also one of the founding members of the band Hot Tuna and a member of Jefferson Airplane successor Jefferson Starship.
On Wednesday, Jefferson Starship posted “Rest in peace, Joey,” on its Facebook page.