Silver Jews’ David Berman Died by Suicide, Medical Examiner Rules

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David Berman in 2008 (Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)
David Berman in 2008 (Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns)

David Berman, the beloved poet and thoughts behind the Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, died on August 7 at 52. An nameless legislation enforcement official revealed to the New York Times that Berman was discovered Wednesday in an condominium in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood and pronounced lifeless on the scene. A spokeswoman for town’s health worker reportedly confirmed Berman’s reason behind demise as suicide by hanging.

Berman had just lately returned to music with Purple Mountains, the self-titled debut LP from his newest mission for his longtime label Drag City. In June, he sat for a rare interview with David Malitz of The Washington Post, recounting his current life after the dissolution of Silver Jews. A North American tour to help the album was set to start three days after his demise.

Read a tribute to David Berman, a look at 15 of his songs, and remembrances of Berman from numerous musicians.

Anyone in want of assist can attain the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1–800–273–8255 or to talk with somebody on-line.