Very, very sad news: It has been confirmed that Jay Reatard has died. He was 29 years old. More details are forthcoming.
Goner Records writes, “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public.” The Memphis Commerical Appeal reports that Reatard was found in his home at 3:30 am this morning.
Reatard, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., was a staple of the Memphis garage rock scene for years before bursting on the national scene with 2006’s Blood Visions and subsequently signing to Matador. His most recent album, Watch Me Fall, came out last year.
A statement from Matador reads, “Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.”