Outsider folk hero Daniel Johnston died on Wednesday morning (September 11) at the age of 58. Though the cult singer-songwriter may not have been known to the masses, he is beloved by some of the biggest names in rock music. In fact, he was one of Kurt Cobain's favorite artists. The Nirvana frontman stated in interviews that Johnston was among the “greatest” songwriters and notably wore a shirt promoting Johnston’s Hi, How Are You album to the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. His song have also been covered by the likes of The Flaming Lips, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes and Beck.
Johnston died from natural causes at his home in Texas.
“The Johnston family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their brother, Daniel Johnston,” his family said in a statement. “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.'”
He suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and used music as his outlet. His most popular songs were “Life in Vain,” “True Love Will Find You in the End,” and “Walking the Cow,” which you can listen to below.
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