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Folk Singer Jason Molina, 39, Dies After Battling Alcoholism

Tue, March 19, 2013 7:54am EDT by 1 Comment
Jason Molina Dead
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The talented lead singer of the bands Magnolia Electric Co. and Songs: Ohia was found dead in his Indianapolis home on March 16 of reported organ failure after his long battle with alcoholism. So sad.

Folk singer Jason Molina died on March 16 in his Indianapolis home following a long battle with alcoholism. He as 39 years old at the time of his death. Even though he had a long career, which spanned more than 15 years, the alternative singer/songwriter stopped touring in 2009 to deal with his alcoholism, his record label Secretly Canadian revealed.

His death was caused by liver failure, according to Rolling Stone — which was a result of his struggle against alcoholism, which his record label called “severe,” and which he battled for more than a decade. Jason was the lead in the bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.

Jason Molina’s Band Magnolia Electric Co. Releases Statement

In a statement posted to their website, Magnolia Electric Co. expressed their deep sorrow at the passing of such a talented artist

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Jason Andrew Molina passed away in his home in Indianapolis this past Saturday, March 16th of natural causes at age 39. Jason was a world class musician, songwriter, and recording artist,” the statement read.

“He was also a beloved friend. He first caught international attention in 1996 when he began releasing albums under the name Songs: Ohia. In 2003 he started the band Magnolia Electric Co. Between those two bands he released over a dozen critically-acclaimed albums and — starting in 1997 — he toured the world every year until he had to stop in 2009 to deal with severe alcoholism. Jason was incredibly humbled by his fans’ support through the years and said that the two most important words he could ever say are “‘Thank you,'” the statement continued.

Such a tragedy. Our thoughts are with Jason’s loved ones during this difficult time.

— Christina Stiehl

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