R.I.P. Vic Chesnutt

(pic via NYCDailyNews, no photo credit)

Very sad to hear of the death of Vic Chesnutt, who died of an overdose on Christmas Day. A wonderful artist and singer who has been played on Radio Clash in the past. I hope you’ve found peace at last, Vic.

Here’s his wonderful cover of ‘Like a Monkey in a Zoo’ by Daniel Johnston.

Jem Cohen wrote movingly:

“The most important story to report now is not Vic’s death but a life and work overflowing with insight, humor, and yes, resilience… The second most important story here has to do with a broken health care system depriving so many of the help they need to stay around and stay sane, and a society that never balks at providing more money for more wars but fights tooth and nail against decent care for its citizens.

he second most important story here has to do with a broken health care system depriving so many of the help they need to stay around and stay sane, and a society that never balks at providing more money for more wars but fights tooth and nail against decent care for its citizens. Vic’s death, just so you all know, did not come at the end of some cliché downward spiral. He was battling deep depression but also at the peak of his powers, and with the help of friends and family he was in the middle of a desperate search for help. The system failed to provide it. I miss him terribly.”

Health care, especially mental health care tends to be rather absent yet needed in the run up and during Christmas…it’s a stressful time and whether you’ve been battling your demons for years or just took a sudden abrupt turn, people should be able to get help; and have a health care system that cures rather than kills through stress and lack of money. That’s an issue that’s very close to my heart for personal family reasons…real sad that lack also seems to have not helped Vic either and possibly help kill him.

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