Singer/songwriter Mark Linkous, who led the critically acclaimed band Sparklehorse, took his own life on Saturday, March 6th in Knoxville, TN. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Described by The New York Times as having "developed a style that sent sunny, Beatles-esque melodies through a filter of crackling, damaged folk-rock, and...songs...filled with entropic imagery", Linkous released four albums with Sparklehorse, and had participated in the recent Danger Mouse/David Lynch project Dark Night of the Soul, as well as collaborations with the likes of PJ Harvey, Daniel Johnston and Tom Waits, among many others. At the time of his death, Linkous was said to have completed most of the work on an upcoming Sparklehorse album.
He was 47 years old.