We don’t have a lot of information yet, but the Memphis Commercial Appeal and other news outlets are reporting that Jay Reatard died in his sleep last night.
Memphis musician Jimmy Jay Lindsey Jr., better known as Jay Reatard, was found dead in his Midtown home this morning, according to family and friends. He was 29.
Memphis police have opened a death investigation, spokesman Jennifer Robinson said. Lindsey was found around 3:30 a.m. at his home, Robinson said.
I’ve only been tuned into Reatard for a little over a year. But the two albums he’s released in that time really made me think he had a bright future ahead of him. Sad to find out that’s not to be the case. Here’s a nice roundup from the Village Voice.