Over the next 2 years the group lived the rock and roll lifestyle. Hoon garnered some publicity for an indecent exposure arrest during this time, and the band recorded their second album called Soup, released in 1995.
In the summer of that year Hoon and girlfriend Lisa Crouse became the parents of a girl they called Nico Blue. By this time Hoon had been in and out of rehab for his drug problem several times. Because the band was touring in support of the new album, he took a drug counselor on the tour with him, but the rolling rehab didn't work, and Hoon started using again on the road.
A poor performance in Houston reportedly spurred him to an all-night dope binge, and on October 21 he was found unresponsive in the back of the tour bus. He was dead from an overdose of cocaine at the age of 28.
Interred in his home state of Indiana, Hoon's tombstone is engraved with words from his song “Change” - “I know we can't all stay here forever, so I want to write my words on the face of today.”
The band rallied to make an album from leftover recordings with Hoon, called Nico after his daughter. It was released in 1996, and all proceeds went to her and to a fund for musicians with substance abuse problems.