The American singer and songwriter Daniel Johnston, who was also a visual artist and was considered to be a significant figure in the music industry died at the age of 58. Johnston’s family revealed the heartbroken truth, saying that the former died at his home in Texas outside Houston on Wednesday.
Born in 1961 in California, Johnston began his career in music recording in the late 1970s. Most of his works consisted of cassettes recorded alone in his home and his music was frequently cited for its “pure” and “childlike” qualities.
After moving to Texas in the 1980s, Daniel Johnston became known for handing out tapes of his music to people he met. Later, he even contributed two songs to the soundtrack for Kids, a controversial film of 1995.
In 2004, Daniel Johnston released The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered, a two-disc set. The first disc featured covers of his songs by other artists while the second disc featured Johnston’s original recordings of the songs. Johnston even collaborated with skateboarding and clothing company on numerous collections, showcasing his artwork.
Throughout his life, Johnston remained a famed cult-singer, who released 17 albums and was revered by artists like Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits, the Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo.
In 2005, he remained the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston. Observing his popularity, a photography book DANIEL JOHNSTON: here, featuring five years of documentation on Johnston was published in March 2013.
In 2015, a short biopic Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston? was released, which featured about Johnston’s life. Amid all the glories, Johnston in 2017, announced that he would be retiring from live performances, embarking on a final five-date tour.
Other than his music career, which was mostly offbeat, Daniel Johnston spent extended periods in psychiatric institutionsdue to his ill health. He was later diagnosed with schizophreniaand bipolar disorder. The recent reports suggested that he died due to a heart attack.
Despite being a patient of mental illness, Daniel Johnston was admired by his fans for his eccentric singing and songwriting and would always be remembered for his contributions in music.