Garage-punk musician Jay Reatard was found dead at his Memphis home Wednesday. He was 29.
"It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard," read a statement from his record label, Goner Records. "Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public."
A cause of death not yet been determined.
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Born Jimmy Lindsey Jr. and raised in Memphis' garage-rock scene, Reatard started his recording career in his teens, releasing several records with the bands The Reatards and the Lost Sounds, in the late 1990s. He also spent time with other side project bands, including Nervous Patterns, The Final Solutions, Bad Times and Digital Terror Visions, giving him a prolific output of 22 full-length albums and over 100 releases, according to his website
.In 2006, Reatard, who was known for his eccentric stage antics, released Blood Visions
to critical acclaim. Pitchfork
magazine named it No. 200
on its list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.His final album, Watch Me Fall
, was released in August 2009 under his new label, Matador Records, and earned rave reviews.
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"We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard," Matador Records
said in a statement. "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."Reatard is survived by his mother, Devonna May; his father, Jimmy Lindsey; and his sisters Leslie Lindsey, Stephanie Duncan and Gara May.