October 3, 2022

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Lighting Up the Sky: Vic Chesnutt


James Victor Chesnutt was an American singer-songwriter. Chesnutt released 17 albums during his career, including two produced by Michael Stipe. 

In 1996, Chesnutt was exposed to a wider audience with the release of the charity record Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, the proceeds from which went to the Sweet Relief Fund. The album consisted of Chesnutt covers by famous musicians including R.E.M., Madonna, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Soul Asylum, among others.

Injuries from a 1983 car accident left him partially paralyzed; he used a wheelchair and had limited use of his hands. Chesnutt suffered from depression throughout his life, and in the last years of his life he repeatedly told people that he was suicidal and/or had experienced failed attempts at suicide.

On Christmas day, 2009, James ‘Vic’ Chesnutt died by suicide. He was forty five years old.

James Victor Chesnutt 

November 12, 1964 – December 25, 2009



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