Jay Reatard Found Dead
2010-01-13 by Tyler Munro EMERITUS | 72 Comments

Jay Lindsey, better known as Jay Reatard, was found dead in his home early this morning.

The death, which was reported by friends, has been confirmed by the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Goner Records, who posted the following statement on their web site early this afternoon: "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."

Lindsey's body was found in his bed at around 3:30 this morning.

A cause of death is not yet known but a death investigation has been opened by police.

He was 29.

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Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


This came out of nowhere.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2010

31051 Comments


Holy shit....RIP

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Iai
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

3553 Comments


Holy shit.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


Dave/Jom, feel free to edit in any information about his body of work etc, I have to get going but I wanted to get this up as fast as I could since I'd consider it relatively 'breaking' news.

Prophet178
January 13th 2010

6397 Comments


What's your source? I hear this is a rumor.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/jan/13/memphis-musician-jay-reatard-found-dead-midtown-ho/

Carnifex
January 13th 2010

1918 Comments


Damn, rest in peace.

Kiran
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

6001 Comments


crazy.

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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 13th 2010

7322 Comments


wow, thats a shock ive been thinking about checking him out RIP

Foxhound
January 13th 2010

4570 Comments


This was shocking. rip

DiceMan
January 13th 2010

7068 Comments


I thought this happened a long time ago.. Cause people were making jokes about it.

cirq
January 13th 2010

9263 Comments


i dont know who that is but he was young. sucks :/

PuddlesPuddles
January 13th 2010

4772 Comments


holy fucking shit

VonManHead
January 13th 2010

179 Comments


Damn this is sad... rip.

alachlahol
January 13th 2010

7477 Comments


rolling stone suggested checking him out a couple months back

Ire
January 13th 2010

41753 Comments


Thats unfortunate RIP

Lambda
January 13th 2010

2417 Comments


RIP

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VonManHead
January 13th 2010

179 Comments


Fuck rolling stone, they're a bunch of pretentious assholes who will put anything that's popular on their cover (Jo bros, zac effron, etc...). They officially lack a soul.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


yeah i guess zac efron is pretty pretentious.

the point is that the guy died right when he was starting to breakout, and that sucks.

PuddlesPuddles
January 13th 2010

4772 Comments


I think I even said in my review of Watch Me Fall that it was his breakout to something pretty great
:-(

VonManHead
January 13th 2010

179 Comments


Yeah you're right. Kinda dickish of me to infest this page with hate. rip again.

BallsToTheWall
January 13th 2010

44164 Comments


To think of the many times I chuckled at this guy based on his image, stage name and having every band member bail on him.

Ooooh Jay Reatard. Godspeed.

R6Rider
January 13th 2010

4546 Comments


R.I.P. Jay

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lauriej
January 13th 2010

1711 Comments


bollocks, lot of musicians dying recently. RIP

Sepstrup
January 13th 2010

1563 Comments


Awesome performer, RIP

Rationalist
January 13th 2010

880 Comments


rip

JacobsLadder
January 13th 2010

554 Comments


wow bad way to start the year RIP

Wizard
January 13th 2010

19304 Comments


Wow, I made fun of this guys name the other day. Scary shit.

Sad news though.

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Schizophrenik
January 13th 2010

839 Comments


"Lindsey's body was found in his bed at around 3:30 this morning"

Wait, why would someone be checking in on him at 3:30 in the morning?

botb
January 13th 2010

9630 Comments


this has a lot of similarities to Jeff Buckley it seems. just starting to break out, very young, etc. very sad, rip.

bloc
January 13th 2010

34735 Comments


not sure who he is, but RIP

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PirateSquid
January 13th 2010

1881 Comments


I heard a bit of him. This makes me sad.

I'mma have to be listening to him for the next few days : ((

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 13th 2010

15000 Comments


just a few days ago he was arguing on twitter what the fuck r.i.p.

killrobotmusic
January 13th 2010

670 Comments


lame, RIP

PuddlesPuddles
January 13th 2010

4772 Comments


"Wait, why would someone be checking in on him at 3:30 in the morning?
just a few days ago he was arguing on twitter"

Suspicious. Don't know. 3:30 in the morning and he's unresponsive, what would make them take it further to see he's ok instead of just assuming he's sleeping? I'd like to know if he lives alone



Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


Wait, why would someone be checking in on him at 3:30 in the morning?

Young musician and I mean what else is there to do in Memphis? It could have been a girlfriend or spouse, too. Or a roommate

Hyperpower
January 13th 2010

66 Comments


Very sad, guy was talented. RIP.

JoshIsNumber3
January 13th 2010

151 Comments


What a Reatard

Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


Shut up.

Thompsonhunt
January 13th 2010

279 Comments


people die

Ghostechoes
January 13th 2010

1353 Comments


His last album was fun. RIP.

RobertDennis2
January 13th 2010

134 Comments


2010 is gonna be a bad year now that he's gone

Greggers
January 13th 2010

2375 Comments


Too young, RIP.

NebSnurb
January 13th 2010

535 Comments


It isn't sad because you didn't know him.

Motiv3
January 13th 2010

8921 Comments


wow early 2010 death, RIP.

Meatplow
January 13th 2010

5524 Comments


I think sputnik is doing pretty well at the moment if the only person to make a remark like that in this entire thread so far is JoshIsNumber3.

Unless there are deleted posts I missed.

shade
January 13th 2010

1198 Comments


Holy shit

PanasonicYouth
January 13th 2010

7411 Comments


no idea who the guy is, but rest in peace all the same

moderndaydrool
January 13th 2010

322 Comments


wtf

that's what I thought of when I first heard this.

RIP

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

3743 Comments


wtf really completely random

the point is that the guy died right when he was starting to breakout, and that sucks.


definitely


Scribbles
January 13th 2010

16 Comments


rip

Fuff24
January 13th 2010

1118 Comments


holy fuck. rip

CrazyFool84
January 13th 2010

1080 Comments


rest in peace

Teddy Picker
January 13th 2010

280 Comments


people die

Yes, but he was only 29 and just earning a reputation. That is why it is so sad.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 13th 2010

7926 Comments


when will people realize drugs kill you?

Until they say it was drugs (I mean, there's a good chance it was), you should hold off the assumptions.

PirateSquid
January 13th 2010

1881 Comments


We can only hope that now he really just becomes the Punk Legend that he should've been all these years.

erasedcitizen
January 13th 2010

716 Comments


Life kills you, cody. Drugs just ease the pain.

halloway
January 13th 2010

684 Comments


R.I.P. Blood Visions is fuckin' awesome. Now's the time to pick up his latest album I guess...

PietroCrespi
January 13th 2010

105 Comments


Been meaning to check this guy out. It Ain't Gonna Save Me is all I've heard and it's a gem of a song.

Sucks that he died so young as he was on the brink of creating a reputation.

erasedcitizen
January 13th 2010

716 Comments


Get a friend to spare you some drugs because you're clearly missing out on the truth.

erasedcitizen
January 13th 2010

716 Comments


This isn't the internet, this is a web-site. The internet is off doing more important things.

Aaron
January 14th 2010

651 Comments


Isn't this the guy who was that impossible to work with his band abandoned him?

AggravatedYeti
January 14th 2010

7684 Comments


what the fuck is this?!?!?!!

tomr4
January 14th 2010

192 Comments


probably on the junk.

Tits McGee
January 14th 2010

1876 Comments


Wow this is shocking. He had alot of potential to be truly excellent.

RIP Jay

GenNarain
January 14th 2010

781 Comments


musicians die young, that's the truth and it sucks. RIP

PunPun
January 14th 2010

14 Comments


One less American, good start to 2010

Titan50
January 14th 2010

4588 Comments


people die


And that excuses from everyone from being mourned, I'll remember that when your mother dies

RIP

Brownboy
January 14th 2010

114 Comments


*sigh* another great performer lost to the dreaded art of overdose

Scoot
January 14th 2010

17714 Comments


PunPun, that's not funny. At all.

Jacaranda
January 15th 2010

684 Comments


http://pitchfork.com/news/37592-jay-reatards-death-investigated-as-homicide-by-memphis-police/

the story they posted this from is no longer there. so who knows if it was bad info.

TheyTookOurJobs
January 15th 2010

1318 Comments


dayum



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