The Original: I Luv U BabyiTunesAmazon

The Original: I Luv U BabyiTunesAmazon

Cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dead at 58

Cult singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston dead at 58

Published at 2:38am 12th September 2019. (Updated at 7:04am 12th September 2019)

Singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston has died at the age of 58, his family has said.

Johnston died on Wednesday morning at his home in Texas. The Austin Chronicle reported his death was due to a heart attack following many years of ill health.

Johnston also struggled with mental illness and that, as well as his offbeat career, earned him a dedicated following.

His life inspired a documentary in 2005 - the Oscar-nominated The Devil And Daniel Johnston.

He also inspired Austin's first Hi, How Are You Day on 22 January last year, which encouraged people to check up on their neighbours, friends or co-workers.

His songs, which included Life In Vain and True Love Will Find You In The End, attracted admiration from the late Kurt Cobain and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

He began his career recording music onto cassette tapes at home.

After moving to Texas in the 1980s, he became known for handing out tapes of his music to people he met.

Cobain was photographed a number of times wearing a t-shirt featuring the cover image of Johnston's 1983 album Hi, How Are You.

After Cobain listed one of Johnston's albums as among his favourites, music agents started to seek him out.

But, according to music news website Pitchfork, he refused to sign with one label because Metallica was also with them and, due to his mental illness, he considered them Satanic and capable of violence towards him.

His mental health deteriorated further in the 1990s and about a decade later he formed his own label - Eternal Yip Eye Music.

He released his final album, Space Ducks: Soundtrack, in 2012 and performed his last tour in 2017.

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Stray FM

Newer article

Flintoff crashes on same track as Richard Hammond smash

Showbiz: Top Gear host Andrew Flintoff has said he is "absolutely fine" after an accident while filming.

Older article

Olivia Colman: The cape that helped actress overcome her fear of the limelight

Showbiz: Despite winning awards for her acting, Olivia Colman has spoken of how a fear of the limelight, which "crippled" her, was tackled by wearing a cape.

Top articles

Barn fire in Thorpe Underwood

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Crews from Knaresborough, Ripon and Masham have been at the scene.

Children in care sent far away from family fall prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs

National: Thousands of vulnerable children are magnets for paedophiles and county lines drugs gangs because councils are sending them away from friends and family, MPs have warned.

Musk claims 'pedo guy' slur about Thai cave diver unintended

World: Elon Musk has said he did not intend to accuse a diver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from a cave of being a paedophile - despite calling him a "pedo guy".

Animals pose for hilarious photo competition

Lifestyle: Exclusive to Wildlife and Safari Travel Show!

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are behind Manchester City

Sport: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are the best team in the world.

Robert Downey Jr to return as Iron Man in new Black Widow movie

Showbiz: Robert Downey Jr is set to don his metal suit once more and reprise the role of Iron Man in the new Black Widow movie.

Yorkshire Vet back on TV tonight

Showbiz: Peter Wright and Julian Norton return for a ninth series

WATCH: 43 Minutes of Queen in the 70s

70s: The band's team have put together highlights of the their early career including some iconic performances.

Private Harrogate health service putting money back into NHS

Business: Harrogate Harlow is based at Harrogate District Hospital.

You're being asked to Bake for Heroes

Charity Hub: TV chef is encouraging you join in!

John Barrowman to visit Harrogate

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: He'll perform at the Convention Centre in December.

"It's a fantastic place": Harrogate cancer centre celebrates major milestone

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre at Harrogate District Hospital is marking its five year anniversary.

Hairy, spiky, round and knobbly cucumbers at Harlow Carr

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The recent hot weather's produced some unusual looking items.

Local school success in green poem competition

Education: To celebrate Stray FM's Green Month.

Harrogate Flower show on the move

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: From 2020, the autumn event relocates to Newby Hall, Ripon.

Top Party Dresses for the Festive Season

Christmas: Local Blogger, the Harrogate Girl, picks the best frocks, gowns and outfits for the big Christmas parties of 2017.

Beth Parsons leaves Stray FM

Stray FM Station News: A childhood listener who's dream came true is off to pastures new.

Delve into deliciousness at Mother Shiptons Inn

Test pages: We sent Stray FM's James Stanley to try out the new menu at Mother Shipton's Inn Knaresborough.

Which roads are closed in Harrogate Town Centre?

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Following this morning's fire, here's an update on the travel situation

Dame Sarah Storey to compete in UCIs

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: She'll start the Para-Cycling International on Saturday

North Yorkshire districts among best places to live in UK

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Three parts of North Yorkshire have been named in the top ten places to live in the UK.

Sky News LogoThis article © Sky News.


Will you watch any of the UCI World Road Championships

Trending in Yorkshire

Barn fire in Thorpe Underwood

Crews from Knaresborough, Ripon and Masham have been at the scene.

Dame Sarah Storey to compete in UCIs

She'll start the Para-Cycling International on Saturday

Harrogate and Skipton receive new Royal Mail postboxes

People can now send their pre-paid parcels back at their local postbox.

More train services to Harrogate planned for the UCI Road World Championships

Over 60 extra trains will run during the competition.

More news...