American musician, singer, poet and cartoonist, David Berman, has died at age 52.
His music label Drag City made the announcement about the passing on of David, a co-founder and leader of the 1990s indie-rock band the Silver Jews. His cause of death has not been disclosed.
David was due to start his first tour in years with his new project Purple Mountains on Saturday in New York. The dates for the tour had been set across the country, to be concluded in Los Angeles on September 23. The late singer also released an album on July 12, that included songs titled Maybe I’m the Only One for Me” and “All My Happiness Is Gone”.
In a tweet shared by Drag City, he was described as a great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals ever known.
“We couldn’t be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. Rest easy, David.”
We couldn't be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we've ever known is gone. Rest easy, David. pic.twitter.com/5n5bctcu4j
— 𝕯𝖗𝖆𝖌 𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@dragcityrecords) August 7, 2019
Bob Nastanovich, a former bandmate of Berman described him as a talented person whose talent wasn’t always a blessing.
“I am amazed by David as a person, a humorist and a writer. It was enlightening to have such a talented friend at a young age and realize that the talent wasn’t always a blessing. David battled mental illness for nearly all of his life. He had professional help and the unyielding support of hundreds of good friends. He had many loving and devoted fans.” – he said.
Berman, who had dealt with drug addiction for years, had also survived several overdoses and at least one suicide attempt.