Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jay Reatard - Dead at 29 - RIP

According to the New York Times, Goner records has confirmed that 29-year-old Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. — who went by the stage name Jay Reatard — was found dead at his home at 3:30 this morning. "It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public," the statement reads. Matador records, meanwhile, has released its own statement: "Jay was as full of life as anyone we've ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly."

Reatard has been recording and releasing music — either solo or as a member of various bands — since 1998. More details on his death are forthcoming. Meanwhile, check out Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz's documentary on Reatard, Waiting For Something (above).

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