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Mark Linkous
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member Mark Linkous took his own life today,” the family said.His four acclaimed Sparklehorse albums led him to be regarded by many as a hero of the US alternative rock scene.

His work included collaborations with Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Danger Mouse.

His family said in the statement: “We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.”

Virginia-born singer-songwriter Linkous – thought to be in his 40s – released the first Sparklehorse album Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot in 1995.

The following year, he “died” for two minutes after ingesting a dangerous mix of Valium and antidepressants while supporting Radiohead on tour in the UK.

He recovered, but the incident almost left him paralysed – after lying unconscious for 14 hours, with circulation to his legs cut off.

He suffered a heart attack when doctors tried to straighten the limbs, and he had surgery seven times to save his legs.

But despite that ordeal, he went on to record 1999’s Good Morning Spider, 2001’s It’s A Wonderful Life and 2006’s Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain.

from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8554319.stm

 

using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

  1      9   63        19

Mark Linkous               45

4 92  3 52  1       26

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 45 = Replace a bad habit with a good one…Suffering in silence.  Feel sorry for.  Ouch.  That’s gotta hurt. 

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