Following the death of 52-year-old David Berman, the songwriter and poet best known for co-founding the indie rock band Silver Jews, a number of fellow artists have taken to social media to mourn his loss.
Though Berman has been open about his struggles with mental illness and addiction, including at least one overdose and a 2003 suicide attempt, the cause of his death is currently unknown.
Marc Maron, Japanese Breakfast and many more remembered Berman’s way with words and how deeply he inspired other artists. See their reactions to the loss below.
Fuck. Goddamnit. RIP David Berman. One of the great tortured poetic souls is gone. A master of beautiful darkness.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) August 8, 2019
rest in peace to the great David Berman —
— el-p (@therealelp) August 8, 2019
I’m so sad to hear that David Berman is gone. He was a great great talent and a nice guy that I only knew from random passings at random festivals, but I’ll miss him, and my heart goes out to everyone he loved and everyone who loved him and loves him still. https://t.co/1SG80C7DOS
— Ted Leo (@tedleo) August 8, 2019
heavy heart. thank you david berman. we were so lucky to have had you here for a while.
— Jenn Wasner (@flockofdimes) August 8, 2019
this is terrible news. as a poet and songwriter and fellow umass alum i couldn’t have respected him more. RIP david, what a loss of a tremendous talent https://t.co/myzgKZ3jQp
— speedy ortiz haunted presence? (@sad13) August 7, 2019
Jesus Christ David Berman you fucking legend my heart is sinking
— Japanese Breakfast (@Jbrekkie) August 7, 2019
You’re just listening to someone’s music one day assuming there will be more and then they’re gone. Huge loss. Thankful for the records we have & thinking about everyone who knew David Berman, played & worked with him. #RIP
— superchunk (@superchunk) August 8, 2019
Of, loosely, my generation of songwriters, the best of us. This loss is devastating. Rest easy, fellow traveler. https://t.co/6EqPLrDpXM
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) August 7, 2019
David Berman was a poet and genius and the world is a lot darker with him no longer in it. Gutted.
— Johnny Taylor (@hipsterocracy) August 8, 2019
From “The Charm of 5:30” by David Berman pic.twitter.com/4Yzrazrrsm
— JAGJAGUWAR (@jagjaguwar) August 7, 2019
it’s incredibly hard to lose artists that have affected people in ways that feel permanent and long lasting. artists who are so engrained in people that they’ve planted and made new creative ecosystems. Toni was definitely that for many, David Berman as well. loss is weird
— adult mom (@adultmomband) August 7, 2019