In some rather disheartening news, Chicago-based enigma wrapped in a huggable, psychotic body, Wesley Willis, died late last week at the age of 40. The musician who released over 50 eclectic albums, was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) late last year and had been recording at a hospice in Illinois. Willis, who was known to whoop a llama's ass with a belt or kick a donkey in his dick was slated to release Wesley Willis Greatest Hits Vol. 3 on Alternative Tentacles in October. Wesley's music was hilarious, original, and violently charming, as he challenged himself daily to not get on the Hell bus (and have psychotic episodes). Willis was a regular fixture in the Chicago music scene, and would sell his autograph, paintings, and CDs to people on the street (myself included) who just wanted a piece of this gigantic wildcard. You should really pick up some of the startlingly fantastic music that he left behind. Wesley Willis will be missed.
Source: Jason Anfinsen