Jay Reatard Found Dead in Memphis Home
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 to its website this 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 2009 on Matador Records to critical acclaim.
In an interview with Billboard Magazine last 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."
Billboard.com will report further details as they are released.