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Monday, April 12, 2010

The Last Days of Alex Chilton

Posted by Ezra Ace Caraeff on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 1:45 PM

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Music fans, please stop what you are doing and read this excellent the Times-Picayune piece on the final days of the late Alex Chilton. The New Orleans paper does a fantastic job of unearthing small fragments from the lost years of Chilton's life, including his stint as a tree trimmer, getting rescued by a helicopter following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and how the legendary Big Star frontman had an odd obsession with Walker, Texas Ranger (he even learned the theme song on guitar).

They also speak to his widow, Laura Kersting, who reveals a crushing detail about the days leading up to the heart attack that ended his life:

At least twice in the week before his fatal heart attack, Chilton experienced shortness of breath and chills while cutting grass. But he did not seek medical attention, Kersting said, in part because he had no health insurance.

End Hits: God, that was depressing.

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