RIP – Jay Reatard (1980 – 2010)

Sad news in the punk / rock / indie music world.  According to The Commercial Appeal garage rocker Jay Reatard was found dead in his home today.  He was 29 years old.

RIP Jay Reatard 1980-2010
RIP Jay Reatard 1980-2010

Matador Records had this to say:

We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.

Death & Taxes Magazine confirmed with:

Jay Reatard, Memphis rocker and current cover feature of Death + Taxes Magazine, has been reported dead.  He was found at approximately 3:30 a.m. in his bed this morning.  This statement has been posted on the website of Goner Records: “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public.”

Rest in Peace, Jay.  Thank you for the insane memories and incredible music; we’ll miss you, and we’re very grateful for having had the chance to speak with you.

This is one of my favorite songs by Jay Reatard…

RIP Jay.

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