Posted in music on December 24, 2009

"yeah, i can tell you what i know, but no one knows much: another suicide attempt, looks bad, coma--if he survives, there may be brain damage" - Kristin Hersh

DOWNLOAD: Vic Chesnutt - Flirted With You All My Life (MP3)

Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt, a singer-songwriter from Athens, Ga., beloved by fans and critics for his disarmingly open songs about mortality and pain, is in a coma, his family has confirmed. They did not say what caused the coma.

News about Mr. Chesnutt's condition spread through the Internet on Wednesday through posts on Twitter by the singer Kristin Hersh, who has played with him.

Mr. Chesnutt, 45, has been in a wheelchair since a car accident when he was 18, and was discovered in the late 1980s by Michael Stipe of R.E.M., who produced his first two albums. [NY Times]

Such sad news.

Vic spent much of October, November and December touring behind his new album At the Cut. His band consisted of Fugazi's Guy Picciotto and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion. Some recent live footage below...

Vic Chesnutt - everything I say

Please Yourself

Vic Chesnutt - Flirted With You All My Life

Vic Chesnutt - Coward

Vic Chesnutt - Everything I Say

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Comments (40)

THIS SUCKS SO BAD

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 4:32 PM

ditto

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 4:37 PM

Talented guy who has suffered a lot with his accident years ago. He still played a lot at clubs in Minneapolis even though he was in a wheelchair.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 4:44 PM

awful news. been following vic's career for 10 + years. saw him in L.A. last month and he was at the very top of his game.

Posted by aquadrunkard | December 24, 2009 4:45 PM

This is such a goddamn shame. I hope Vic finds the peace he so desperately wants, however that may come...

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 4:48 PM

oh my god. just saw him a few months ago. met him after the show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 4:50 PM

really regretting skipping out on his show a couple months ago

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:00 PM

ditto on 5pm's comment. Love this guy.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:10 PM

I'm sorry, suicide is pathetic. Your own suffering ends at the cost of making all those close to you suffer...

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:14 PM

Very sad news.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:25 PM

Depressing as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:31 PM

wow

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:44 PM

what a tough life. paralyzed and in a wheelchair at the age of 18. Amazing he was able to do something with his life after that. I hope however this turns out he finds peace.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:45 PM

Ive heard some of his stuff but was never especially into it but flirted with you all my life is a really good song...i've been listening to it several times just now

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:50 PM

Vic Chesnutt in a coma? I know, I know it's serious.

Do you really think he'll pull through? Do you really think he'll pull through?

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 5:55 PM

@5:14 please don't be disrespectful.

You have absolutely no idea what he was going through; it's easy to judge from the outside when you haven't felt that level of pain.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 6:06 PM

Man this sucks so much. I selfishly hope he pulls through okay and finds peace here. It's sad when people can't feel how much they're loved + appreciated.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 6:12 PM

“Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him,” said Constellation Records’ Don Wilkie. “We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 6:25 PM

never heard of him before.. but he's so good. sad news indeed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 6:32 PM

This is so sad. He was phenomenal at the REM Tribute earlier this year. Please know that you are loved and appreciated, Vic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 7:26 PM

He's tried it before--finally succeeded yesterday. Overdose. No brain activity. Almost dead when the medics got his heart and lungs going again. Send loving thoughts towards his family---they need it. They tried to prevent this. Hope Xmas doesn't suck forever for them now.

Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2009 7:33 PM

yes, he was great at REM tribute.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 7:41 PM

much respect to him & his family.
suicide is a Personal choice, people, & a right.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 8:04 PM

suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

wrong choice

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 9:45 PM

oh no

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 10:07 PM

^^^ people like you are a permanent problem. it is completely absurd to think you know what someone else is going through.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 10:07 PM

Who cares. What I want to know is what happened to Cody ChestnuTT??!

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 10:59 PM

On the word of people in Athens who knew him personally, Vic has left us. Rest in peace to a very talented man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 11:08 PM

how horrific. may peace come to mr. chesnutt and his family.

Posted by Lori | December 24, 2009 11:14 PM

RIP

Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2009 11:26 PM

He's not dead. don't be spreading shit on the net that's not true... ass

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 12:00 AM

Sorry Anon but it's true...got word from a friend in Athens who confirmed it about an hour ago. So, so very sad, RIP Vic...

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 12:08 AM

Yeah, seems to be true. Unbelievably sad. He was so good at the Music Hall back in October.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 12:14 AM

Jesus, people. Don't say anything snarky or anything. Have some empathy for once. The guy was a truly brilliant, tragic artist. Let's remember the great music he made and avoid saying mean or crazy things.

Posted by (not) Peggy Noonan | December 25, 2009 12:47 AM

And now both of the Athens sites and Billboard have pulled their stories...

Posted by brooklynvegan | December 25, 2009 2:07 AM

Damn, thus sucks... Saw him four times between 1998-2008, with and without backing musicians, and he was great each time.

First time was December 1998 at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. I didn't even know his music before going to the show, but I was floored when he played. Not too many artists can do that, especially playing solo with nothing but an acoustic guitar.

But the most amazing show was at Southpaw, 2004, when he played with a 7-piece band. I was almost reluctant to see him again after that: the show was so perfect and magical I almost didn't want to delute the memory.

I should have seen him last autumn, though... I guess that was the last chance.

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2009 5:06 PM

yes suicide is a selfish thing but. . . will anyone care until after your dead? isnt that selfish of you and not him? you show someone apathy in the face of there pain and its almost a direct challenge to them to be brave enough to end their own life.

Posted by Anonymous | December 28, 2009 3:48 PM

Have academic papers writing difficulties? Doubt no more and ask: " write my essay for me ", just because it is great way out.

Posted by JeannineARNOLD30 | February 15, 2012 4:14 AM

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