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Roots-country musician Amy Farris' death ruled suicide

December 15, 2009 |  4:46 pm

Amy Farris-photo credit to Loren Minnick

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department has ruled that violinist, singer and songwriter Amy Farris’ death on Sept. 29 was a suicide.  

Farris, an active member of the roots-music communities of Austin, Texas, and Los Angeles after relocating here several years ago, had played in concert and in the studio with performers including veteran country singer Ray Price, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, roots-rocker Dave Alvin and punk-cum-Americana singer-songwriter and poet Exene Cervenka.

Memorial concerts featuring many of the artists she collaborated with were held in Austin and Santa Monica. Friends said the 40-year-old musician had struggled with severe depression for much of her life.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Loren Minnick