Thursday, December 24, 2009

Vic Chesnutt R.I.P. ?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 11:04 PM

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UPDATE: Constellation confirms that Vic Chesnutt passed away on the afternoon of Dec. 25.

The label posted the following note on it's website:

Surrounded by family and friends, Vic Chesnutt died in Athens Georgia this afternoon, Friday 25 December at 14:59.

In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about. Our grief is inexpressible and Vic’s absence unfathomable.

We will make more information available according to the wishes of Vic’s family and friends.

UPDATE: The rumors of Vic Chesnutt's death have been exaggerated. Various sources around the web have been commenting on his death, though nothing substantial has been reported.  On Dec. 25 Spinner.com posted the following update:

After multiple reports of Vic Chesnutt's passing Thursday night, his label, Constellation Records, confirms that the singer-songwriter is still in a coma following an apparent suicide attempt.

More information will be reported here as it becomes available.

UPDATE:  Southern Shelter reports that Vic Chesnutt died late in the evening on Dec. 24. More details will be reported as they become available.

Constellation Records co-owner Don Wilkie announced today that Athens, GA folk-fixture Vic Chesnutt is in a coma after an alleged suicide.

According to the statement from the label:

“Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him. We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”

No further information is available at the moment, but a Twitter post from Kristern Hersh says,

"...i can tell you what i know, but no one knows much: another suicide attempt, looks bad, coma--if he survives, there may be brain damage"

Chesnutt (45) has been a paraplegic since a 1983 car accident left him wheel chair-bound, though he has written songs since the age of 5. His first two solo records, Little (1990) and West of Rome ('91) were produced by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.

More details regarding his condition will be reported as soon as they become available.

“Chain” mp3

Read Vic Chesnutt's Oct. 30, 2009 interview with Crib Notes.

(Photo courtesy Constellation Records)

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