Punk musician Jay Reatard dies at 29

Found dead at his home in Memphis

NEW YORK -- Memphis garage-punk artist Jimmy Lee Lindsey, better known as Jay Reatard, was found dead in his Memphis home early Tuesday morning, according to friends. He was 29.

Goner Records, which has released a number of Reatard's singles and EPs, posted the following statement on its Web site Wednesday afternoon:

"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."

Reatard was known for his energy, prolific output and outlandish stage behavior. His most recent album, "Watch Me Fall," was released in August on Matador Records to critical acclaim.

In an interview with Billboard Magazine in the summer, Reatard said that "Watch Me Fall" was about "dealing with mortality issues, growing older, disenchantment with your youth." He called the album "my first record where I'm kind of exiting the dumb kid part of my life and going into the almost-30 point."

In a post on Matador Records' blog, artist liaison and director of publicity Nils Bernstein wrote:

"We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. 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."
comments powered by Disqus