The biochemist who accidentally discovered one of the most popular party drugs of the 1980s is dead.  

Alexander Shulgin synthesized a compound called MDMA in his backyard laboratory in 1976 in the hope that it would be used for therapeutic purposes.  

The mood-altering drug became more commonly known as Ecstasy when it hit the rave party scene.  

It was blamed for bad reactions and even deaths.  Shulgin died at his home in the East Bay. He was 88.