Posted in music on February 12, 2014

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Word is spreading that Maggie Estep, the writer-poet-performance artist and all-around cool person who came to some fame while living in the East Village in the early 1990s, has died. She was 50. (She described herself as a "Novelist, occasional poet, dog-lover, handstand enthusiast" on her Facebook page.)

According to friends, she suffered a massive heart attack on Monday.

She published seven novels and two spoken-word CDs. In 1993, she became a familiar presence on MTV, who featured her poetry as well as performances on the network's "Spoken Word Unplugged" program. -[EV Grieve]

As EV Grieve mentioned in their obit above, Maggie Estep was one of the major players in the mid-'90s NYC spoken word scene. A fixture on MTV interstitials in that era, she even put out a couple albums on major labels that blended spoken word with indie rock.

Rest in peace, Maggie. Some of her work, in video form, below...

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Maggie Estep - Emotional Idiot

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Tags: Maggie Estep, RIP

Comments (20)

50 year old women who look to be in reasonable shape don't generally just have massive heart attacks. Cocaina? Just too much slammin'

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 6:33 PM

omg. good. fucking. riddance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 7:27 PM

seriously, holy fuck. this is some awful shit

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 7:29 PM

6:33 She was definitely rode hard and put away wet a time or two. Gotta be drugs.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_3xMlmroQH9c/TS_R8wROLPI/AAAAAAAAA08/FhZi0SAcTEw/s1600/maggie-estep.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 7:37 PM

Sexy babe!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 7:52 PM

I would tweet with her and made her laugh a couple of times. Found her to be a very smart, interesting woman and a staple of NYC. God bless her heart n' soul.

She can say hi to her hero Lou now.

RIP Maggie

Posted by Chris | February 12, 2014 8:02 PM

seriously, poetry is one thing but fucking spoken poetry makes me want to rip my own pubez out

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 9:44 PM

SOMEBODY DIED ASSWIPES!

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 10:11 PM

everyone dies eventually. who gives a fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | February 12, 2014 11:42 PM

r.i.p. yonni

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 12:52 AM

Yeah, 11:42PM.
I hear you, man. Who gives a fuck about anything?
Everyone eventually dies, so who should care when anyone dies?
You and I are deep, man.
We get it. When my best friend died the other day, I was like . . . whatever. Where's my cigarettes?

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 11:10 AM

I remember this shit on MTV back in the angsty 90's. I was all of 14 and though I didn't fully understand it at the time, I found this style equally as obnoxious, pompous, and self indulgent as I do now.
So I got curious and listened to one of her "albums" last night. Dear god...

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 11:25 AM

rip my own pubez out

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 1:03 PM

was she the crazy cab driver character?

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 2:11 PM

ball

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 2:40 PM

RIP. I'm glad to have known of her.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 9:25 PM

Oh yeah, I remember her. Huh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 13, 2014 10:03 PM

Wow. What a load of miserable, hatefilled vegans. I can only hope you all die quickly and that rather than having strangers speculate about why died too young, there is instead complete indifferent silence.

Posted by Ken | February 14, 2014 6:01 PM

^ lol you sound like such a faggot

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2014 9:11 PM

Watched the vids, now I remember her. Can't say I ever found her funny but disagree that a heart attack at 50 is unreasonable. We've all got to go sometime.

Posted by Anonymous | February 14, 2014 10:43 PM

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