He was 58 years old.
The outsider and visual artist Daniel Johnston died at the age of 58 years.
As The Austin Chronicle Johnston reportedly suffered a heart attack last night (September 10). His former manager, Jeff Tartakov, confirmed the news. According to the article, Johnston's health had dropped in recent years and required several hospitalizations. Dick Johnston, Daniel's brother, told twist"We had hoped that we would return to a point where he was stable and could enjoy things like touring. He had just returned from a recent hospital stay and seemed (and looked) better than I had seen him for some time. So that was a surprise. "
Johnston was born in Sacramento, CA, and grew up in New Cumberland, WV, before moving to Austin, TX in the 1980s. He had an extensive discography and published his music mainly on self-made cassettes, which he distributed to the people, a method that earned him an appearance in the MTV series The cutting edge The late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain set the limelight on Johnston as he wore a T-shirt featuring the artwork of Johnston's sixth album Hello how are you, to trigger a label that offers war.
Johnston's latest album, Space duck, was released in 2012, and he last toured in 2017. He allegedly had another LP that he hoped would appear "very soon," he said The chronicle in an interview last year.