He was His brother and manager, Dick, said in an interview that Mr. Johnston had probably died overnight. He did not specify the cause. Johnston had been released from a hospital on Tuesday after being treated for kidney problems. In a career filled with stops and starts, Mr. Johnston became something of a man-child celebrity of the artistic underground, earning the admiration of rock stars like Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits as well as comparisons to William Blake.
Daniel Johnston, the outsider folk artist whose childlike pleas for love captivated the likes of Kurt Cobain and Tom Waits, has died at Daniel Johnston , the outsider folk artist whose childlike pleas for love captivated the likes of Kurt Cobain, Matt Groening and Tom Waits, died Wednesday of natural causes, his family confirmed in a statement. He was Although he struggled with mental health issues for much of his adult life, Daniel triumphed over his illness through his prolific output of art and songs.
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Johnston, who has died of a suspected heart attack aged 58, became renowned for the haunting honesty and directness of his music. Its lo-fi quality emphasised the raw appeal of his voice, which was sometimes likened to the vintage recordings of Hank Williams or the bluesman Robert Johnson. Johnston himself cited the Beatles as his biggest influence. After he moved to Austin, Texas, in the early 80s, his tapes helped make him a local celebrity, though this did not bring any big-money record deals. This brought rapid national acclaim, and, as his tapes made their way from coast to coast, Johnston became an eminently droppable name on the underground circuit. Daniel was born in Sacramento, California, the youngest of five children of Bill Johnston, a former second world war fighter pilot, and his wife, Mabel. Daniel described it as a Christian fundamentalist household. During this period he began creating his homemade tapes in the family basement. In he went to stay with his brother, Dick, in Houston.
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