Singer-songwriter Jason Molina lost his battle with drink problems this past weekend. Tributes have been pouring in.
Jason Molina, the singer-songwriter who released his last album Autumn Bird Songs in 2012, has died. According to Chunklet, Molina passed away on Saturday (March 16, 2013) from organ failure due to alcohol consumption. His problems with drink were made public in late 2011 when his family posted a plea from contributions to his medical fund on the website of his band Magnolia Electric Co.
"We are asking all friends of Jason's music to come together with a showing of financial support for him. Please consider a contribution to his medical fund. Feel free to forward this to any and all appropriate parties. We are hoping to raise whatever funds we possibly can for Jason," a message said at the time. Molina has been in and out of rehabilitation for around two years, though did not have medical insurance. The singer himself took to the same website in May 2012 to update fans on his condition, writing, "Dear friends and family..It has been a long hospital year. You all have done so much and given so much to further my cause on this planet that I feel compelled to give you a little note. The response towards my medical fund and other support has been better than I could have ever imagined. I spent my time on the farm which was more like the opposite of a tour of duty, but it was good in its way."
Tributes to the tragic musician have been pouring in, with Lone Wolf tweeting, "Oh my god. Seems offical. RIP Jason Molina. One of the lovliest people i've ever had the opportunity to perform with. So sad." Ross Scarano said, "Jason Molina built an entire mythology through the repetition of certain images, phrases. This is awful." Neil Clasper noted, "Sad news about Jason Molina. Saw him a few years ago and thought 'okayish Neil Young wannabe'; heard 'Josephine', realised I was dead wrong."
Molina first came to prominence performing and records as Songs: Ohia, a solo project with a rotating cast of musicians.