Tributes have been pouring in following the death of lo-fi singer Daniel Johnston.
The acclaimed musician’s manager, Jeff Tartakov, announced that he passed away in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday.
His family said in a statement: ‘Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a friend to all.
‘Although he struggled with mental health issues for much of his adult life, Daniel triumphed over his illness through his prolific output of art and songs.
‘He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day that ‘the sun shines down on me’ and ‘true love will find you in the end”.’
Here’s what you need to know about the late singer.
How old was Daniel Johnston and what was the cause of his death?
Daniel Johnston was 58 years old at the time of his death.
He was born on 22 January 1961 in Sacramento, California, and grew up in West Virginia, later moving to Austin.
The singer is reported to have died of a heart attack, with the Austin Chronicle reporting that his health had been deteriorating in recent years.
His sister Margy Johnston revealed last year that he had spent time in hospital and had had adjustments to his medication.
Johnston battled with both mental and physical health issues during his life, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
He suffered a manic psychotic episode in the early 1990s when, while believing he was cartoon character Casper The Friendly Ghost during a plane flight, he threw the plane’s ignition keys out of the window.
That led to him spending time in a psychiatric institution, while his mental health issues also led to a long break between him releasing new music.
Johnston also suffered from diabetes, hydrocephalus and kidney infections during his life.
What are Daniel Johnston’s best-known songs and how did his career start?
Johnston became popular as a songwriter after he began handing out tapes of his music to people on the streets of Austin.
He went on to release 17 albums during his career, including three home-recorded tapes in 1983 – More Songs Of Pain, Yip/Jump Music and Hi, How Are You.
His most recent album, Space Ducks, was released in 2012 and he delivered his final tour in 2017.
He revealed back in April that he had been working on a new album, suggesting it would be titled If.
Johnston was a hugely influential musician whose work has been covered by the likes of Flaming Lips, Beck, Pearl Jam …read more
Source:: Daily Times