Folk rocker and songwriter Vic Chesnutt has died of a suspected overdose. Read more on Vic Chesnutt’s death below.
Chesnutt worked with many different artists including R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Guy Picciotto of the punk band Fugazi.
Chesnutt had stated in a biography posted on his MySpace page that he came to “a whole new understanding of music” after the 1983 car crash.
Chesnutt had a history of suicide attempts and had recently NPR radio station he had “attempted suicide three or four times” but that “it didn’t take”.
Throwing Muses member Kristin Hersh had Tweeted that Chesnutt appeared to have left a suicide note before slipping into the coma.
Hersh wrote: “This time, it’s real scary: This time, he left a note, this time, he asked them to call me.”
Chesnutt is survived by his wife, Tina Whatley Chesnutt; his sister, Lorinda Crane; and nine nieces and nephews.
Vic Chesnutt’s memorial will be held Sunday in Athens.
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