Daniel Johnston, the eclectic Austin-based singer-songwriter, died Tuesday night from a heart attack, and celebrities have been mourning his death on social media. Johnston was beloved by the likes of Kurt Cobain, who wore a Hi, How Are You tee at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and his music was covered by Beck, Death Cab for Cutie, Lana Del Rey and other stars.
Beck tweeted “RIP Daniel Johnston” on Wednesday (Sept. 11) with a link to his cover of Johnston’s song “True Love Will Find You in the End” from The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered, a two-disc set from 2004 that included a cover album by various artists. The album artwork morbidly glorifies the now-late artist as he stares down at his own tombstone with flowers, the years 1961-2004 etched into it as well as the description “sorry entertainer.”
daniel johnston will be missed. a brilliant story teller and songwriter who carried my friends and i through many over night drives in the van. so much to learn from daniel in the way he shared fearlessly.
This one hurts. RIP Daniel Johnston. One of my favorite songwriters of all-time and a huge inspiration on what it means to be an artist through and through. He was truly DIY and always a genuine creative force. His songs will live on forever.
Daniel Johnston wrote beautiful songs and inspired countless musicians and songwriters. The heart and its truths are captured in his music. I feel lucky to have been introduced to his artistry. I never know what to say in these times, but I will miss youhttps://t.co/c7qNIuZwsI
Those early DJ tunes meant a lot to so many of us. “Walking the Cow” was also a favorite of mine, along with “Keep Punching Joe,” whose lyrics reference “Walking the Cow.” Rest well Daniel Johnston, you sure earned it. https://t.co/KVGvW210yB