Weird Al’s parents both died on the same day of carbon monoxide poisoning. Only hours later, he performed a concert and started by saying “since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well.”
Yankovic changed his diet to become a vegan in 1992, after a former girlfriend gave him the book Diet for a New America and he felt “it made a very compelling argument for a strict vegetarian diet.” When asked how he can “rationalize” performing at events such as the Great American Rib Cook-Off when he is a vegan, he replied, “The same way I can rationalize playing at a college even though I’m not a student anymore.”
Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski in 2001 after being introduced by their common friend Bill Mumy. Their daughter, Nina, was born in 2003. Yankovic identifies as Christian and has stated that a couple from his church appeared on the cover of Poodle Hat. Yankovic’s religious background is reflected in his abstinence from alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and profanity.
On April 9, 2004, Yankovic’s parents were found dead in their Fallbrook, California, home, apparently the victims of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from their fireplace. Several hours after his wife notified him of his parents’ death, Yankovic went on with his concert in Appleton, Wisconsin, saying that “since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well” and that it would “at least … give me a break from sobbing all the time.”