Daniel Dale Johnston, the famous cult indie-music pioneer, died on Wednesday due to a heart attack at the age of 58.
Johnston’s manager Jeff Tartakov confirmed the news of his death.
In a statement, his family said, “The Johnston family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their brother, Daniel Johnston. He passed away from natural causes this morning at his home outside of Houston, Texas.”
“Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a friend to all. 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,” the statement continued. “He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day, ‘the sun shines down on me’ and ‘true love will find you in the end.’”
The “Honey I Sure Miss You” singer had to face many health issues, including physical and mental, throughout his entire life.
He was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in the early 90s, which is why he had to spend a lot of time in mental health institutions. He also had diabetes, kidney issues, and hydrocephalus. In 2018, he had to be hospitalized due to a fall.
Johnston’s music was famous for its childlike and pure qualities that attracted many fans and musicians, including Tom Waits and Kurt Cobain. The California-born singer, who grew up in New Cumberland, West Virginia, recorded 17 albums throughout his life. He was a great visual artist and was regarded as an eccentric figure in lo-fi and alternative music scenes.