Maynard James Keenan Bids Emotional Farewell To His Late Stepmother

Tool and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan posted some photos of his stepmother Janet Joanne Keenan to give the sad news to his followers and friends on his official Instagram account. He announced that Janet had passed away by sharing details about her life to reflect his respect.

Keenan is the only child of Michael Loren Keenan and Judith Marie, as the couple’s happiness couldn’t last long. So, they decided to divorce when the musician was four years old. While his father moved to Michigan, Keenan started living with his mother, who married once again soon after. Due to this new and intolerant man in the household, the singer had to stay quiet not to draw his attention. At the age of 11, his mother suffered from paralyzing subarachnoid hemorrhage.

During his tragic childhood, the best decision was to move to his father a few years after Judith’s disease. Michael Keenan was a coach at Mason County Central High School in Scottville, from where Keenan also graduated. Then, his father tied the knot with his English-Spanish teacher Janet Joanne Keenan. Sadly, Keenan announced that she died at 75, on May 24, 2022, without giving the reason behind her death.

The Tool singer paid tribute to his late stepmother, saying that it was always great and fun to spend time with her as a person with a sense of humor and ‘was armed with a well-developed baloney detector.’ Keenan highlighted that she taught him to defend his ideas but not count on the lies. He added that he and the rest of the family would miss such an amazing woman who touched many lives, including his a lot.

The rocker’s IG post read:

“What a year. I just lost my stepmother. Janet Joanne Keenan, age 75, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. She was born on September 25, 1946. She was also my English & Spanish teacher at Mason County Central High School, Scottville, Michigan. She was equal parts fun, inquisitive, and armed with a well-developed baloney detector. All conversations with her were playful and challenging exchanges. She taught me to stand my ground but never rely on bullshit to do it. She will be missed. Godspeed, Jan.”

You can check out the photo Keenan posted below.

Photo Credit: Maynard James Keenan – Instagram