Many musicians paid tribute to the legendary singer.
Johnston’s death was announced on his official Facebook page on Wednesday. The singer died due to “natural causes” according to his family. His body was found “at his home outside of Houston, Texas.”
The statement also read, “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.”
Further adding, “He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day that ‘the sun shines down on me’ and ‘true love will find you in the end.'”
Dick Johnston, brother of Daniel Johnston, opened up about his brother’s mental health issues. He said, “I always wanted Danny to feel like his own person, and in control of his own life. Since beginning to work and travel with him in about 2003, we gratefully were able to travel the entire globe for over a decade to get out before the fans.”
“He was always, everywhere, warmly received and he at least knew he was well loved. Health issues have plagued us for years, but I’m glad for the time we had,” he concluded.
Tom Gimbel, the manager of the deceased singer was extremely “saddened by the news of Daniel’s passing.” He added it was an honor to work with Johnston and a “big privilege of his professional life.”
He also said that he considered the American singer “to be one of the greatest songwriting geniuses of our time. In our time together Daniel was more than an artist; he was a friend, he was family.”
Adding further, “I will miss him greatly but will smile every time I hear his songs.”
The musician had a huge fan following. Kurt Cobain the frontman for Nirvana, was one of his biggest fans before his death.
The late singer played his last tour in 2017. May he rest in peace!
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