Singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston has died, his household introduced Wednesday. He was 58.
In accordance with an announcement posted on Fb, Johnston died of pure causes at his Houston-area dwelling.
“Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a pal to all,” the assertion learn. “Though he struggled with psychological well being points for a lot of his grownup life, Daniel triumphed over his sickness by way of his prolific output of artwork and songs. He impressed numerous followers, artists, and songwriters along with his message that regardless of how darkish the day that ‘the solar shines down on me’ and ‘real love will discover you in the long run.'”
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The late visible artist — whose offbeat profession introduced him a cult following — had been plagued for years with well being points, in response to his brother, Dick Johnston.
“I at all times wished Danny to really feel like his personal particular person, and answerable for his personal life,” Dick mentioned. “Since starting to work and journey with him in about 2003, we gratefully have been in a position to journey all the globe for over a decade to get out earlier than the followers. He was at all times, in all places, warmly obtained and he no less than knew he was effectively liked. Well being points have plagued us for years, however I’m glad for the time we had.”
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Tom Gimbel, Daniel’s supervisor of over 25 years additionally paid tribute to him writing: “I’m so saddened by the information of Daniel’s passing. It has been the best honor and privilege of my skilled life to work with Daniel Johnston – somebody who I think about to be one of many biggest songwriting geniuses of our time. In our time collectively Daniel was greater than an artist; he was a pal, he was household. I’ll miss him significantly however will smile each time I hear his songs.”
Musicians corresponding to Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits, in addition to “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, are amongst those that have expressed a keenness for Johnston’s work. His songs like “Life in Useless,” ”True Love Will Discover You within the Finish” and “Strolling the Cow” usually contained harmless pleas for love.
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Johnston’s struggles with manic melancholy shaped the center of the Oscar-nominated 2005 documentary “The Satan and Daniel Johnston.”
The Related Press contributed to this report