David Berman, the musician, songwriter, artist and poet who worked in both Silver Jews and most recently Purple Mountains, has reportedly passed away. His label Drag City confirmed the news that he had died earlier today. He was 52 years old. R.I.P.
We couldn't be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we've ever known is gone. Rest easy, David. pic.twitter.com/5n5bctcu4j
— 𝕯𝖗𝖆𝖌 𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@dragcityrecords) August 7, 2019
Just heard from Peyton Pinkerton. I wish it was a sick joke. Our friend David Berman has committed suicide. Devastated beyond words.
— Joe Pernice (@JPernicious) August 7, 2019
This is the most recent thing I’ve published. It elicited the most personal, lovely feedback from strangers and friends alike. I am so sorry for all those people who told me how much they loved him. https://t.co/twbQUwp1P0
— John Lingan (@johnlingan) August 7, 2019
David Berman was a truly great songwriter and performer and I can’t think of a better lyricist
— John Bergmayer (@bergmayer) August 7, 2019
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 7, 2019
Inconceivable, heartbreaking news coming in about David Berman. RIP. pic.twitter.com/GgOfl8zQs7
— The Thin Air (@thethinair) August 7, 2019
RIP David Berman. "Random Rules" still floors me every time. https://t.co/P9yG5klhvU
— Christian Hoard (@christianhoard) August 7, 2019
What a giving, generous song this is, he was an enormous soul https://t.co/nbvKGt30Us
— Jeremy D. Larson (@jeremydlarson) August 7, 2019