Passing of versatile singer of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age shakes the music world
Mark Lanegan, one of the most singular voices in American rock for these last 35 years, has died.
He was only 57.
“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland,” read the official statement posted on his socials. “A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. The family asks everyone to respect their privacy at this time.”
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Through his work in Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and his own immersive career as a solo artist, Lanegan’s spirit existed in the darkness on the edge of town. Like his Seattle compatriots Andrew Wood, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley and Chris Cornell, his artistry came at the expense of a drug habit that dogged him through most of his professional life.
Yet despite the spectre of addiction that hung over him, Lanegan forged ahead without fear, creating a Gothic blues hue to grunge, punk, metal and folk across a catalog that includes such classic work as 1994’s Whiskey for the Holy Ghost, the final Screaming Trees LP Dust and Saturnalia, his utterly underrated album alongside Greg Dulli and my old college pal Jeff Klein as The Gutter Twins.
No cause of death has been revealed at press time.
But no matter how he died, Mark Lanegan is gone. And it sucks.
More to come…
AUDIO: Mark Lanegan “The River Rise”