Mark Linkous of renowned alt rock act Sparklehorse committed suicide today (3/7) according to a statement from his family to Rolling Stone that was also published today on Sparklehorse's website. In the prepared statement Linkous' family said of the Virginia born singer/songwriter, "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."
According to another report by the New York Times, Linkous, who was 47, shot himself in the heart outside of a friend's home in Knoxville, Tenn and died instantly. Linkous famously "died' once before back in 1996, the year after Sparklehorse (which was basically a one man band) released the acclaimed debut Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot when he was on tour supporting Radiohead. He then technically "died" for two minutes after ingesting a deadly mix of antidepressants and Valium. He was lucky to come back to life but was left in a wheelchair for six months before he finally recovered.
As Sparklehorse Linkous went on to release three more albums, including Good Morning Spider (1999), It's A Wonderful Life (2001), & Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (2006). Reportedly Linkous was busy finishing up Sparklehorse album number five, a collaboration with Danger Mouse, to have been released this summer on Anti.
Sparklehorse - "GO" - Live @ ATP December 2007