RIP: Mark Linkous

Posted by Patrick James

Mark Linkous, the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and all-around brilliant artist who played under the name Sparklehorse, used a gun to take his own life this weekend. He was 47. His family posted the following statement to the Sparklehorse website Saturday:

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today. We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you.
I was fortunate enough to speak to Linkous last summer about his work with Danger Mouse on their mesmerizing record Dark Night of the Soul. He was shy and disarmingly considerate, and for a man whose lyrics tend toward the (beautifully) metaphorical and oblique, he spoke-about love and life and art and fear-with surprising frankness. To be in the presence of his voice was a joy.His songs were utterly dreamlike. Here's Christina Vantzou's video for his "Sea of Teeth."Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May he rest in peace.