Singer/songwriter Mark Linkous better known as indie rock artist Sparklehorse has died from a self inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, according to his family.
Linkous most recent releases are the collaborative albums Dark Night of the Soul with Danger Mouse featuring a slew of guests singing his words and the In The Fishtank 15 made with electronic artist Fennezz as part of the continuing In The Fishtank series.
Reports say Linkous who in 1996 while on tour with Radiohead accidentally overdosed on a combination of alcohol and prescription pills that left him unable to use his legs for sixth months. Linkous was staying with friends in Knoxville when after an upsetting series of texts with a still unknown person walked into a nearby alley, pointed his own rifle at his chest and pulled the trigger.
According to his manager Shelby Meade, Linkous was nearly done with his upcoming album slated to be released on Anti- Records.
On Saturday, Meade and Linkous family posted the following on his website
"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. Thereâs a heaven and thereâs a star for you."
Linkous first drew attention for his 1995 Sparklehorse debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and went on to record three more critically acclaimed albums featuring his delicate voice, odd arrangements and unusual sonic accoutrement.
His survivors include his wife Teresa; his mother, Gloria Hughes Thacker; his father, Frederick Linkous; and his brothers, Matt, Paul and Daniel Linkous
Good Morning Spider (1998)
It's a Wonderful Life (2001)
Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006)
Dark Night of the Soul (with Danger Mouse) (2009)
In the Fishtank (with Fennesz) (2009)
Sparklehorse performs "Saturday" during an in-studio performance at 89.3 The Current.
Boho Films two part Belly Of a Mountain from 2007: