According to Gina Riley , comedian from TV series Kath & Kim , Pew had dated her in 1976. In April 2009, Riley recalled the relationship on the musical quiz show, Spicks and Specks .  Pew was prone to epileptic seizures, at times exacerbated by heavy drug use, although he had cleaned up by the mid-1980s. In late 1986, he experienced a fit while lying in his bathtub, resulting in head injuries so severe he died days later, on 7 November 1986, from a brain haemorrhage .   He was 28 years old.