Vic Chesnutt in a coma after reported suicide attempt
By Alex Young on December 24th, 2009
Vic Chesnutt, the critically acclaimed Athens, Georgia based singer/songwriter, is in a coma and currently finds himself battling for his life. His label, Constellation Records, confirmed the news earlier this evening:
“Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him,” said Constellation Records’ Don Wilkie in a statement. “We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”
According to friend Kristin Hersh, the cause is believed to be a suicide attempt.
“Yeah, I can tell you what I know but no one knows much: another suicide attempt, looks bad, coma " if he survives, there may be brain damage,” Hersh wrote on her Twitter. An hour later, she added, “This time, it’s real scary: *this* time, he left a note, *this* time, he asked them to call me.”
The 45-year-old Chesnutt has been a paraplegic since the age of 18 and recently had been strugglingly to pay health bills. He told Spinner earlier this year that “right now, I am in huge trouble in that the hospital is suing me for $35,000 for payment, which is terrifying " and the rub is that I have health insurance.”
Chesnutt spent much of the latter part of the year touring in support of two new studio albums, At the Cut and Skitter on Take-Off. His resume also includes collaborations with the likes of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Lambchop, Calexico, The Jayhawks, Fugazi, and, most recently, Elf Power.
given all the political rhetoric these days, i find this passage interesting
"The 45-year-old Chesnutt has been a paraplegic since the age of 18 and recently had been strugglingly to pay health bills. He told Spinner earlier this year that “right now, I am in huge trouble in that the hospital is suing me for $35,000 for payment, which is terrifying " and the rub is that I have health insurance.”"
a guy, with health insurance, working (touring must be very difficult in his condition) and he still can't make a go of it, and some feel that a better system of healthcare is unnecessary, mind boggling
Plus you have to figure that somewhere in his present day health care contract is some kind of fine print that will allow these health care profiteers just to eventually drop all of his benefits when they decide they can no longer make a profit off of his illness.
Thu 24 Dec, 2009 10:24 pm
thanks for the link to this. i was not familiar with him. sad.
i really like his music, he's not to everyones taste granted
not sure what i hope for him, he's obviously very troubled, and could be left in worse shape than ever, maybe best to go, and leave his suffering behind
Fri 25 Dec, 2009 06:29 pm
Vic Chesnutt RIP
UPDATE: The Constellation Records website has posted an announcement that Vic Chesnutt died this afternoon in Athens, Georgia. "In the few short years that we knew him personally, Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about. Our grief is inexpressible and Vic's absence unfathomable," the announcement said.
Premature reports of his death circulated on the Internet on Christmas Eve, after frequent collaborator Kristin Hersh had posted on Twitter that Chesnutt attempted suicide, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Sat 26 Dec, 2009 04:02 pm
NPR will have a tribute tonight on All Things Considered.