David Berman of Silver Jews Has Passed Away at 52

His Purple Mountains tour was supposed to kick off this weekend.

David Berman, beloved poet and the singer-songwriter behind Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, passed away today at the age of fifty-two, as announced by his label Drag City via Twitter.

Along with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, Berman founded Silver Jews in 1989. The group disbanded nine years later, but left a massive legacy behind.

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Berman released his eponymous debut album with Purple Mountains last month, and was about to leave on tour. As of now, no cause of death is known.

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