Earlier today, news broke that Daniel Johnston, the revered singer-songwriter, had died as a result of a heart attack at the age of 58. An important figure in the world of outsider art, Johnston established himself as one of Austin, Texas' most significant and forward-thinking artists through the 80s and 90s. His final LP, Space Ducks, was released in 2012. In light of the news, many musicians and admirers have paid tribute to the late Johnston; view some of them below.
Daniel Johnston. Grateful for the beautiful inspiring music— UMO (@UMO) September 11, 2019
This one hurts. RIP Daniel Johnston. One of my favorite songwriters of all-time and a huge inspiration on what it means to be an artist through and through. He was truly DIY and always a genuine creative force. His songs will live on forever.— Beach Fossils (@beachfossils) September 11, 2019
R.i.p. Daniel Johnston. pic.twitter.com/LT4gjuOMRJ— Nardwuar (@nardwuar) September 11, 2019
Today our hearts are heavy with yesterday's passing of Daniel Johnston. His unique songwriting voice, so pure and so direct, spoke to us deeply. It is quite safe to say there will never be another like him and thankfully, his music will play on.— Death Cab for Cutie (@dcfc) September 12, 2019
RIP Daniel Johnston https://t.co/y7ECMuX6Lr— Beck (@beck) September 11, 2019
Daniel Johnston was one of my best teachers. I love his work and I’m so glad that it’s still here. Forever grateful to my dad for telling me about him after reading a review of the ‘Late Great Daniel Johnston’ compilation, and buying it for me. And thanks DJ for so many songs— Ezra Furman (@ezrafurman) September 11, 2019
daniel johnston will be missed. a brilliant story teller and songwriter who carried my friends and i through many over night drives in the van. so much to learn from daniel in the way he shared fearlessly.— jackantonoff (@jackantonoff) September 11, 2019