This seems to have really come out of the blue, as he was recording and touring until very recently. His friend Doris C Nolan confirmed that he died in St Luke’s hospital in New York, after becoming ill after a trip to Europe. He was 62 years of age. He lived a full and interesting life, having been in prison several times on drug related charges, and battled drug and alcohol addiction for many years.
In recent years, he seemed to have his life back on track and received huge praise for his 2010 album ‘I’m ner here’, and he recently recorded with Jamie XX. He played the Tripod in Dublin in May of last year, which is a gig a lot of people will now regret not going to. It’s good news that he has been discovered by a new generation and will be remembered for his work, new and old.
There’s a lovely piece written about him by Richard XL here.