Sly Stone is homeless and living in a camper-van in L.A., the world learned Sunday, thanks to the director of a documentary about Sly and the Family Stone who co-wrote a story for the New York Post.
However, in some boiled-down reports circulating since Sunday's story was published, a depiction of Stone as content and continuing to record music on a laptop in the van he calls home falls short of painting a complete picture of the funk legend's situation.
Stone's financial woes and transient lifestyle were brought to light in 2009, ahead of the release of director Willem Akema's documentary, "Coming Back for More."
It's a huge step down for the onetime multimillionaire, who sold his music rights to Michael Jackson for a mere $1 million in 1984 and as recently as 2007 did an interview with the Los Angeles Times at a secluded home in the Napa Valley.
Stone sued former manager Jerry Goldstein for $50 million in early 2010, alleging fraud and the diversion of $20 million to $30 million in royalties. Goldstein countersued in August 2010, alleging the singer had delivered a slanderous rant against him while onstage at the Coachella music festival.
Yet Stone told the Post for the recent article, "I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving."
A person who might agree with the "must keep moving" part is one of Stone's unintentional neighbors. The musician has set up camp on a residential street in L.A.'s Crenshaw neighborhood, in one of two vehicles he has left from what had been -- as recently as four years ago, the Post said -- a lavish collection of automobiles to match his once-lavish lifestyle.
"I think a lot of people put up with him because he is an old celebrity," said the Crenshaw neighbor, who declined to go on camera with "Inside Edition" and reportedly said he was close to calling authorities to deal with the van.