Balance died on 13 November 2004, after falling from a two-storey balcony at his home. Peter Christopherson announced Balance's death on the Threshold House website, and provided details surrounding the tragedy. Balance's memorial service was held near Bristol on 23 November, and was attended by approximately 100 people. Ossian Brown, a long term collaborator and member of Coil, dedicated his first book Haunted Air to Balance.
- "Coil was the only band based around a gay male couple and they delighted in the 'male sexual chemistry' this created. In the mid-1980s, gay pop was coming out of the closet, but Coil were the first resolutely queer group; their words dealt with desire, disease, dirt, death and drugs, and their collages sounded dark, dank and dangerous.
- http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1371372,00.html Richard Smith, "Obituary: John Balance" Guardian 11 December 2004d
- "The First Five Minutes After Death: Various Artists Remember Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson" Brandon, Genesis P-Orridge eulogy#Steriogum BUZZMedia
- http://old.disinfo.com/archive/pages/dossier/id344/pg1/index.html Scott Treleaven disinformation 11 March 2001}}
- http://www.nachtkabarett.com/coil Nick Kushner "Coil and the Occult"
- http://www.heathenharvest.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20041209134726123 "John Balance 1962-2004"
- http://www.thresholdhouse.com/2004/11/30/john-balance/ John Balance Threshold House Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson
- http://brainwashed.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9011:ossian-brown-qhaunted-airq&catid=17:books&Itemid=134 Ossian Brown, "Haunted Air" Justin Patrick, Review 13 November 2011
- http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/dec/11/guardianobituaries.artsobituaries Richard Smith, "Obituary: John Balance", Guardian 11 December 2004