The death of singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston has been announced by his family.
Johnston rarely troubled the mainstream, but particularly from the late eighties onwards his influence on alternative music in the US and beyond took hold, his self-released, truly independent work recognised and hailed by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits and, since his passing yesterday, countless more on social media.
“The Johnston family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their brother, Daniel Johnston,” a statement from his family reads. “He passed away from natural causes this morning at his home outside of Houston, Texas.”
“Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a friend to all. Although he struggled with mental health issues for much of his adult life, Daniel triumphed over his illness through his prolific output of art and songs.”
“He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day, ‘the sun shines down on me’ and ‘true love will find you in the end’.”