Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Destination Universe

Your Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro remembers the brilliant Jim Ellison:
Suicide is always shocking, whether it’s a singer who has written a song called “I Hate Myself and Want To Die” (Kurt Cobain) or someone whose work and apparent attitude toward life showed few signs of such deep despair.

I still remember all too vividly my stomach-in-throat feeling upon hearing that Jim Ellison, the irrepressible lead singer/songwriter of the Chicago-gone-national band Material Issue, had been found dead at age 31 of carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage, a suicide note left near his body.

That was 10 years ago today (Tuesday), which seems incredible in itself.

If there were any justice in the world, Chicago's flags would be flying at half-staff today.

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