Sparklehouse leader Mark Linkous has taken his own life, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Wikipedia lists Linkous' age as 48. No specifics about the manner in which he died have been given. Linkous' family released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.”
Linkous released four albums with the psych-folk group Sparklehorse. Linkous also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that in 1996, Linkous actually died for two minutes after ingesting Valium and antidepressants while on tour in Great Britain. Linkous was unconscious for 14 hours. During this time circulation was cut off to his legs, and he suffered a heart attack. His limbs were forever damaged, but Linkous told Rolling Stone “For a while there, I was really scared that when I technically died — which I guess I did for a few minutes — that the part of my brain that allowed me my ability to write songs would be damaged."
Here's an interview with Mark Linkous. RIP, Mark.