Mark Linkous, the voice and imaginative mind behind the psych-folk-rock group Sparklehorse, has committed suicide, Rolling Stone magazine reports.
"It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today," the singer's family said in a statement. "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."
Mark Linkous gives an in-studio performance for The Current
Mark Linkous released four albums under the Sparklehorse name, beginning with 1995's Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot. His most recent projects included a collaboration with Danger Mouse on the all-star album Dark Night of the Soul, and working with electronic musician Christian Fennesz on 2009's In the Fishtank. Linkous was nearly finished with a new record, due out on Anti Records later this year.
Mark Linkous struggled with depression and inner demons for years, pouring many of those feelings into the gloomy but gorgeously produced music of Sparklehorse. In 1996, he nearly died after taking a mix of valium and antidepressants while on tour. He passed out in a bathroom in a position that cut off circulation to his legs for 14 hours. When paramedics attempted to straighten his legs, Linkous suffered a heart attack. He eventually recovered, but required multiple surgeries to repair damage to his limbs.