“Hi How Are You” and “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” Singer Passed Away.
Daniel Johnston, songwriter and singer have died at the age of 58 at his home in Waller, Texas. According to NPR News. His death was confirmed by his brother Dick Johnston, who said that Daniel had just been released from a hospital yesterday, where he had been treated for kidney issues.
Johnstons was doing very fine after his release from the hospital, but was found dead in his home Wednesday morning, his brother said.
Johnston sister Margy in a 2018 interview with Austin Chronicle confirmed his brother was going through some health challenges , the New York Times in a 2017 profile, reported that he had struggled with diabetes, a kidney infection and hydrocephalus, in addition to the manic depression and schizophrenia that he bore for most of his adult life.
The following statement was released on his Facebook page.
Cause of Death :
Although we have not seen official statement on the cause of his death, but many media outlets are reporting that he died of heart attack.
“Don’t be sad, I know you will
But don’t give up until
True love will find you in the end”
The Austin music scene lost a giant today. Our hearts go out to Daniel Johnston’s friends, family and fans. https://t.co/wASH0QYu2z
— ACL Festival (@aclfestival) September 11, 2019
RIP Daniel Johnston.
I highly recommend scrolling through the Instagram feed of his former manager, Jeff Tartakov, which is filled with Johnston’s letters (like this one), and his fantastic artwork: https://t.co/q7fLqL8xCw pic.twitter.com/DdLJJ8Z7uC
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) September 11, 2019
So terribly sad to hear the news, from my dear friend Jeff Tartakov, that Daniel Johnston died late last night. Daniel is my all time favourite pop songwriter. His music captured so much with its honesty, humour, poignancy and great melodic heart. https://t.co/sULL7Ib3RJ pic.twitter.com/S7JWJaJcgn
— Duglas T Stewart (@DuglasTStewart) September 11, 2019
If you’re unfamiliar with Daniel Johnston and interested in learning more, I highly recommend THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, a highly moving doc that’s available to rent on Amazon Prime. You definitely won’t regret it. pic.twitter.com/85Klz3cj8C
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 11, 2019
Those early DJ tunes meant a lot to so many of us. “Walking the Cow” was also a favorite of mine, along with “Keep Punching Joe,” whose lyrics reference “Walking the Cow.” Rest well Daniel Johnston, you sure earned it. https://t.co/KVGvW210yB
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) September 11, 2019
Daniel Johnston was and will always be a heavyweight. He took us all on an artistic journey through light and darkness, his pain was our gift.
An all-time great, the songs stand as a perfect summation of an imperfect life.
Rest in power and keep punching, Joe.
— scharpling (@scharpling) September 11, 2019
This one hurts. RIP Daniel Johnston. One of my favorite songwriters of all-time and a huge inspiration on what it means to be an artist through and through. He was truly DIY and always a genuine creative force. His songs will live on forever.
— Beach Fossils (@beachfossils) September 11, 2019