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.
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.
We couldn’t be more sorry to tell you this. David Berman passed away earlier today. A great friend and one of the most inspiring individuals we’ve ever known is gone. Rest easy, David. pic.twitter.com/5n5bctcu4j
— 𝕯𝖗𝖆𝖌 𝕮𝖎𝖙𝖞 (@dragcityrecords) August 7, 2019