What people thought was just another Internet hoax, ended up being the truth. Jay Reatard (a.k.a Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.) has tragically passed away at the age of 29. The Memphis musician died in his sleep last night and was found at his home this morning. While I don’t know Jay Reatard’s music at all, I know he was well known. Either people liked him or they despised him. Like the guy or not, 29 is just too damn early for someone to die. Details are up in the air right now on what the cause of death is, so I’ll post that when the details come in.
Jay’s record label posted this on their website, confirming the death:
“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.”
His former label Matador Records posted this as well:
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.
Check out www.myspace.com/jayreatard to hear his music.