Posted in music on March 7, 2010

Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous, a singer-songwriter whose music, released under the name Sparklehorse, was renowned in the indie-rock and alt-country worlds for its dark, allusive themes and fragile beauty, committed suicide on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 47.

He shot himself in the heart in an alley outside a friend's home
, said his manager, Shelby Meade. Lt. Greg Hoskins of the Knoxville Police Department confirmed that the police responded to a call at 1:20 p.m., and that Mr. Linkous was pronounced dead at the scene. According to his family, Mr. Linkous owned the gun that he used. [NY Times]
PREVIOUSLY: Sparklehorse's most recent album features Vic Chesnutt



Comments (23)


Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 5:56 PM

Callous article title to say the least.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 6:56 PM

Pretty inappropriate way to announce the cause of death. I also thought it was bad taste to have a post that mentioned the Vic Chesnutt collaboration as if it only mattered because they both committed suicide and had spent time in wheel chairs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 7:01 PM

didn't mean to offend. he chose to shoot himself. That was the latest update so I put it in the title. updated to something less direct.

Posted by brooklynvegan | March 7, 2010 7:10 PM

Thank you.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 7:29 PM

goddamn...real rough stuff.

been playing his music all day. very few talented musicians these days...he was one of them.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 7:37 PM

Hey, as sad as it is, your right Brooklyn Vegan... He chose to shoot himself. His manager stated that he shot himself. The NY TImes printed that he shot himself. I don;t think it's inappropriate at all to have that as the heading. It's direct information about a direct action that his own manager came out and said. I personally don't think there was anything wrong with your original choice of heading and I don't think you needed to change it. It wasn't anything more than the most important fact as the headline. I don't know how that could offend anyone in any way more than the action itself of shooting himself. Your just reporting the same information the NY Times gave out via his own manager.

There was nothing in your original heading that was biased or slanted or editorial. It was just the hard fact communicated directly and properly.

Shame you changed it just because one poster took unreasonable offense. Where's your backbone Brooklyn Vegan? You should change it back . It's what he did. HE shot himself.. Very upsetting but very true.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 7:38 PM

* your/you're

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 7:47 PM

what was the offensive? heading?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 8:01 PM

Do you feel better about yourself, pointing that out?

BV, just cut the comments off...even mine if you want.
RIP Mark

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 8:03 PM

very tragic about both suicides.

to those offended by the reporting- please, enough crying already.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 10:58 PM

i never realized he was in his late 40's. regardless, very sad news. my heart goes out to his loved ones.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 11:07 PM

awful news. such a horrible end to a brilliant artist. why does a person with a history of depression own a gun?

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 11:27 PM

hug your loved ones. peace to his family and friends, who already went through so much, and now have so much more to go through. wishing them strength and courage. this really sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 12:06 AM

second amendment

Posted by NRA | March 8, 2010 12:37 AM

"awful news. such a horrible end to a brilliant artist. why does a person with a history of depression own a gun?"

if he didn't own a gun do you think that would have stopped him?
sadly people take their lives in countless other ways.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 10:49 AM

There seems to be alot more people who want to die these days.Tragic

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 11:10 AM

he was supposed to play the vic chesnutt shows at the 40 watt in athens two weeks or so back, on the second night with guy picciotto & silver mt. zion, lambchop, elf power, tenement halls, etc. but he canceled a few days before :(

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2010 2:56 PM

Suicide? Right. Nothing new - this was a common result of long standing, hard addiction. Big deal. The guy was clinically dead 14 years ago as a result of an overdose but was brought back. He
went down in self pity and the inability to get honest. Happens everyday.

Nothing changes if nothing changes. Some have to die in order for us to recover.

Posted by Old Hat | March 9, 2010 3:17 AM

Old Hat, you are the reason why people quit AA. Getting honest? What does that honestly mean? I think a lot of addicts know they are addicts, are totally honest about there addiction, but because they don't think Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob are Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you can reduce them to being just "some that have to die in order for us to recover". You are an atomaton, a robot. I hope you don't have any children. Mark Linkous is one of the most beautiful artists i have ever been privededged to know.

Posted by Shannon | March 25, 2010 1:06 AM

Mark's death was the first time I mourned the loss of an artist and I was shocked at how much it hurt me. There is a whole region of my soul in which his art resonated. It seems like the world reserves its cruelty for the gentle ones, and that makes me overwhelmingly sad. My deepest sympathies go to his friends and family.

Posted by Anonymous | May 6, 2010 10:14 PM

thanks god bya ..

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:20 PM

One of the best singer/songwriters that ever existed. Shame on you if you don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2012 7:18 AM

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