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Vic Chesnutt Dead at 45

Vic Chesnutt is dead at 45.

Vic Chesnutt Bio

The Athens, Georgia-based musician, famous for his acerbic lyrics and dry, rueful delivery, died Dec. 25 after two days in a coma as a result of an overdose of muscle relaxers. He had just come off a recent tour for his latest albums, At the Cut and Skitter On Take-Off, with musicians from Fugazi and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Chesnutt was 45.

From MTV.com: “When he was 18, Chesnutt was in a car accident that left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, but he did not let his disability stop him from writing or performing. [REM’s Michael Stipe] discovered him and produced his first two albums Little and West of Rome. He put out a total of 13 records over his career (including two in 2009), though he is probably best known for the 1998 compilation Sweet Relief II: The Gravity of the Situation, a benefit CD that saw artists like Garbage, Live, Soul Asylum and Madonna covering Chesnutt’s tunes. The album was a benefit for the Sweet Relief Fund, which sought to provide health care to musicians who needed it (Chesnutt himself was often a recipient of such support, as his paralysis left him with soaring medical bills).”

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Nor was there any end in site to the bills. According to a Dec 27 AP story quoting the Athens Banner-Herald, “Chesnutt had recently struggled with a lawsuit filed by a Georgia hospital after he racked up surgery bills totalling some $70,000… He said he couldn’t afford more hospitalization insurance and couldn’t keep up with the payments.”

At Amazon.com, GS from Chapel Hill had this to say about Skitter on Take-Off: “He’s been working up to it for a while. This is it. Vic Chesnutt has delivered the perfect realization of his barebones Southern Gothic art. No band, no fluff, no BS. This is it.”

One response to “Vic Chesnutt Dead at 45

  1. 11 years ago  

    We saw him, shawn, at the town pump, that was my only time seeing him play live. he wasnt the greatest he was just really good. honest. to live with his pain and to play it for as long as he could take it…i can;t imagine. eugene

    ps. F#ck all those assholes who want the US health care system. Fascists suck! we all deserve health care. we’re not animals. we are caring human beings. we care for the sick. we care for the poor, because we’re beautiful. because we care we’re beautiful.

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