Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt dies at 45
Singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt died Friday afternoon in Athens, Ga., his record label has confirmed. He'd been in a coma; the cause of that coma has not been confirmed, but frequent collaborator Kristin Hersh said Thursday on Twitter that it had been a suicide attempt.Chesnutt spoke with our friends at Pop & Hiss early in December. A paraplegic since a car accident when he was a teen, he was facing $70,000 in hospital bills, he said.
An excerpt from that interview:
"I'm not too eloquent talking about these things," Chesnutt said. "I was making payments, but I can't anymore and I really have no idea what I'm going to do. It seems absurd they can charge this much. When I think about all this, it gets me so furious. I could die tomorrow because of other operations I need that I can't afford. I could die any day now, but I don't want to pay them another nickel."
Those feelings are deeply ingrained in "At the Cut," where almost every song offers at least a sideways glance at creeping mortality. Take, for instance, "Flirted With You All My Life," an incandescent country tune that's a kind of a breakup letter to Chesnutt's own thoughts of ending his life.
"I've been a suicidal person all my life, and that song is me finally being 'Screw you, death,' " Chesnutt said.
A video of the haunting "Flirted With You All My Life" is embedded after the jump ...
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo credit: Sandlin Gaither