Image Credit: Dimitri Hakke/Getty ImagesSinger, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous committed suicide yesterday, his publicist confirms to EW. “It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today,” his family said yesterday in a statement posted on the Sparklehorse website. “We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.”

Linkous, who was in his forties but whose exact age is unknown, was best known for his work with Sparklehorse. He also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on the forthcoming Dark Night of the Soul.

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