Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy's leader, was composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of hard rock music. Phil was the outsider, the romantic guy from the other side of the tracks, a self-styled poet of the lovelorn and downtrodden. On this day in 1986 Phil Lynott died after spending several days in a coma, brought on by a drug overdose.