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Vic Chesnutt, 45, dead of overdose

Vic Chesnutt, a singer-songwriter of spare, idiosyncratic folk songs tinged with melancholy, died today in Athens, Ga., of an intentional overdose of prescription muscle relaxants, a family spokesman said. He was 45.

Jem Cohen, a filmmaker and friend who produced the album "North Star Deserter," said Chesnutt was hospitalized Wednesday morning.

Chesnutt spoke with The Times' August Brown about his new album "At the Cut" before an appearance at the Echoplex earlier this month. That interview is here.

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-- Claire Noland

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