New York City’s medical examiner has confirmed that Silver Jews and Purple Mountains songwriter, David Berman death is a suicide.
The spokesperson for the New York City medical examiner, who spoke to The New York Times confirmed the news, saying singer-songwriter and poet hanged himself.
The 52-year-old Berman was found in an apartment building in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighbourhood and pronounced dead at the scene. His longtime record label Drag City wrote that night;
“A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. Rest easy, David.”
A large number of musicians honoured Berman online after news of his death broke. Stephen Malkmus, his college classmate and Silver Jews co-founder wrote;
“He was one of a kinder. Hope death equals peace cuz he could sure use it.”
The late David Berman had suffered from depression and drug addiction while in Silver Jews. He hardly gave interviews, and didn’t begin touring until Silver Jews’ acclaimed 2005 album ‘Tanglewood Numbers’.
The singer had revealed that his “biggest secret” was his family background. He said he was the son of noted right-wing lobbyist Richard Berman, who worked for the gun and alcohol industries.
David and his father were estranged after Richard ignored the former’s pleas to give up his work. David said:
“My heart was constantly on fire for justice. I could find no relief. This winter, I decided that the SJs were too small of a force to ever come close to undoing a millionth of all the harm he has caused.”
David’s new group Purple Mountains released their self-titled debut album last month and were scheduled to start a tour this weekend.