Cult Music Icon Daniel Johnston Dead at 58

Daniel Johnston, a prolific singer-songwriter and artist within the alternative music community, has died at the age 58. His former manager confirmed his passing to the Austin Chronicle, citing a heart attack. Johnston had been open in the past about his diagnoses schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In the early ’80s, Johnston began releasing music cassettes his soulful work (one lost album was even recently uncovered) while living with his parents in rural West Virginia, before moving to Austin, Texas and ascending to a cult status. He would go on to count Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits as admirers, particularly after the release his seminal 1983 album Hi, How Are You. Johnston’s final album, Space Ducks, was released in 2012.