23 February 2022
“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney,
Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived
by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect
the family privacy.”
The unique bariton voice and terrific songwriter born on November 25, 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington had a roller-coaster career along with Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Gutter Twins (with Greg Dulli), with countless collaborations (with Isobel Campbell, Kira Skov, The Twilight Sisters, The Walkabouts, Soulsavers and plenty more) and with, most of all, his 12 remarkable solo albums.
He was a 24/7 artist who also lived as fast as he could during the 90s and early 2000s, at times with life-threatening consequences. He credited Courtney Love for paying 1 year of his rehab in the late 90s.
Last year, in March – being clean and healty for more than a decade – he caught Covid-19 in a devastating degree. In a book called Devil In Coma a few months later he described his comatose battle with the virus that almost killed him.
“From the moment I was brought out of my chemically induced sleep and was told what had happened and where I had been, I was determined to survive this nightmare, even though I had very little say, actually, no say in the matter, and had zero ammo to fight with.” The cause of his premature death isn’t revealed yet, but that bloody virus made him very vulnerable.
To salute this phenomenal rock warrior I picked
15 career-spanning highlights and called the playlist…
“MARK LANEGAN DIAMONDS”
(Image on top: Cover of his 2001 solo album ‘Field Songs’)