25.12.09

Vic Chesnutt habría muerto tras un intento de suicidio

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Terrible manera de despertarse una mañana navideña: chequeando decenas de sitios de internet para saber si Vic Chesnutt murió o si está en coma. No hay confirmaciones y todo es muy confuso. Abajo hay un informe de "la gravedad de la situación".

Aparte de ser uno de mis músicos favoritos, conocí a Vic el año pasado en Viena. Lo vi tocar y cruzamos algunas palabras ya que el estaba con Jem Cohen, cineasta y también productor de sus discos. Allí hizo un tema nuevo, "Flirted With You All My Life" que era, básicamente, sobre su "relación" con el suicidio...

Solo atino a decir que su muerte sería una pérdida tremenda y que, sin él, sus canciones serán aún más tristes, desgarradas y dolorosas. Espero que la noticia termine siendo la menos terrible de ambas y que Vic pueda continuar viviendo...

Este video que está arriba lo grabe en Urania, en la Viennale 2008 y es el mejor cover de "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues", de Bob Dylan, que escuché jamás.

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Update at 11pm PST: After this article was originally published, Billboard magazine published their own report saying Chesnutt had passed. At this point, there are still no official statements.

Update at 11:30 pm PST: Within the past half hour, both Billboard and Athens Blur have removed their articles reporting Chesnutt’s death. We’ve updated our headline from “Vic Chesnutt reportedly dead after alleged suicide attempt” to “Update: Conflicting reports on Vic Chesnutt condition after alleged suicide attempt” to reflect these changes. We continue to seek out an official statement and will update this story as new information comes in.

Reports circulated late Christmas Eve that singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt had died after falling into a coma.

Chesnutt’s label, Constellation Records, had confirmed in a statement that Chesnutt was in a coma mid-day, and Athens Blur magazine broke the news later that Chesnutt had died, though no official confirmation was available at press time.

Tweets from former Throwing Muses singer Kristen Hersh—a longtime friend of Chesnutt—circulated among bloggers through the day.

On Christmas Eve morning, Hersh posted:

no calls in the night-well, only to talk about how much we love vic-and no news is good news…if we lose him i’ll have lost my equilibrium.

and later

yeah, i can tell you what i know, but no one knows much: another suicide attempt, looks bad, coma—if he survives, there may be brain damage.

Later in the day, the Constellation press statement confirmed the coma.

Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him,” said Constellation Records’ Don Wilkie. “We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”

On October, Chesnutt told Spinner that he’d run into recent financial problems. “Right now, I’m in huge trouble in that the hospital is suing me for $35,000, which is terrifying, and the rub is that I have health insurance. I have hospitalization insurance, for which I pay almost $500 a month, and then on top of that I still owe the hospital $35,000. That is truly an insane system. I did everything right and I’m still under the gun.”

Chesnutt, 45, was partially paralyzed and wheelchair-bound since being injured in a car accident at 18. He completed a tour in recent weeks in support of his latest release, At The Cut.


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