Jay Reatard dead at 29


After a year which saw him score his career's highest marks with Watch Me Fall, and a discography of uncommon honesty and heartbreak, singer songwriter Jimmy Lindsey Jr., better known as Jay Reatard, died at 3:30 this morning of undisclosed causes.

"It Ain't Gonna Save Me," a single off of Jay Reatard's 2009 album Watch Me Fall.

From the Goner Records website:

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.

From the Matador Records official statement:

"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."

Jay Reatard had a long career throughout the 2000s, but it wasn't until 2009 that he emerged as a visionary songwriter with Watch Me Fall, a solo record that netted him national praise. An investigation into his death has been opened in Memphis. Keep your eyes here for further details as they emerge.