Vic Chesnutt in coma: Label issues statement on singer's condition

Vic Chesnutt’s label has confirmed today’s upsetting news that the acclaimed singer-songwriter is in a coma. “Vic is in the middle of a serious medical situation, he is in a coma, and his family and friends are with him,” said Constellation Records’ Don Wilkie in a statement. “We have no comment right now on the specifics other than that his doctors are continuing to assess his condition. We will issue a full statement at an appropriate time. In the interim, we request that everybody respect Vic’s privacy and that of his family.”

Friend and collaborator Kristin Hersh has said on Twitter that Chesnutt’s coma is the result of a suicide attempt, but this remains unconfirmed. Everyone at the Music Mix is hoping for the best, needless to say. For now, let’s take a minute to think about one thing we’re sure of: all the great music Vic Chesnutt has made for going on 20 years. A longtime fixture on the Athens, Ga. music scene, Chesnutt first came to national prominence when R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe produced his first two albums in the early ’90s. He’s kept up a prolific pace of recording and performing in the years since then, putting out two albums in 2009 alone.

A few months back, the Music Mix had the pleasure of debuting a video for “Chain,” a lovely, forlorn ballad from Chesnutt’s album At the Cut (below). Please share your thoughts and memories of Vic Chesnutt’s music in the comments below.

UPDATE: Chesnutt died on Dec. 25, 2009. The Music Mix extends its sincerest condolences.

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  • nysro

    Sad news, even more so in the holiday season.. Hope ya get better Vic!

    • Telly B

      Who???

      • buddy1

        Um, please see above and then learn how to use Google to search the internets. Thank you.

        Happy Holidays!

      • Base

        If you do not know him, do not reply.

        I hope you have the will to live Vic, my thoughts are with you.

  • Keith

    My thoughts are with you, Vic. Just got your new album, At the Cut, today and am loving it. Pull through for us, brother.

  • nate

    just saw you not even a couple months back in newport ky at the southgate house. blown away by your performance to say the least. keeping ya in my thoughts and prayers this xmas…

  • Anne Marie Grgich

    Vic, I am thinking good thoughts to you and love to your family, I just saw you at the Mississippi in Portland, Anne

  • Jeff

    I’ve seen Vic live and have bought his recordings since 1994. His path has never been an easy one. My thoughts are with him.

  • scruss

    Just heard an unconfirmed rumour from an Athens fellow musician that Vic has passed away.

  • Ceil Oliver(his Aunt)

    & so we pray for him. Only God can bring him thru. So we pray to God. We pray for God’s Mercy,
    in Jesus’ Name to bring him thru.
    He’s a special gift.

  • Stephen

    Just recently discovered Vic’s music and I”m working my way back in his catalogue. It very quickly became some of my top favorite music. I hope he gets better. The world needs people like him in it.

  • kc

    Crap! I just saw him perform in Austin.

  • SED

    Vic has passed. It’s terrible, but was his choice and he went his way. He leaves behind one hell of a body of work, and will be missed.

  • Mo Arsinoe

    I loved his track for Dark Night of The Soul; My favorite album of 09!

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104129585

    I’m sorry to see him succumb to the darkness. These illusions are
    so vivid sometimes..
    R.I.P.

  • G.R.

    I saw Vic twice in 2008 as the opening act for Jonathan Richman — he was pretty amazing! This is such sad news, and I will be keeping Vic and his family and friends in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tony

    I heard he is DEAD

  • HW

    I’ve been falling in love with Vic’s music ever since I heard his moving and inspiring interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Hoping for a positive outcome.

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