Linkous, whose exact age is unknown, was an influential singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist cited by many artists as an inspiration. His death, and the circumstances surrounding it, was confirmed to Rolling Stone by Linkous' publicist.
“It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today,” reads a statement from his family posted on the Sparklehorse website. “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.”
Linkous toured with Radiohead in 1996, and even "died" briefly during that tour after consuming a mix of Valium and antidepressants, according to Rolling Stone. After remaining unconscious for several hours, he lost circulation in his legs, then suffered a heart attack when medics attempted to straighten his legs. The medical complications resulting from the incident caused Linkous to undergo several surgeries in order to save his limbs, but he still remained active musically.
Linkous worked with producer Danger Mouse on his 2006 Sparklehorse release, Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain, and again on the Dark Night of the Soul multimedia project, which has yet to be released. Linkous' publicist also confirmed to Rolling Stone that he was at work on a new release for Anti Records at the time of his death.