ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Vic Chesnutt, the folk-rocker whose sometimes
dark reflections on life were influenced in part by a car wreck
that left him paralyzed, has died. He was 45.
Family friend Christina Stuckey, who answered the phone at
Chesnutt's home, confirmed the death to The Associated Press.
Chesnutt's record label, Constellation Records, said in a statement
on its Web site that Chesnutt died on Christmas Day, Friday.
The brief statement says "Vic transformed our sense of what
true character, grace and determination are all about."
Chesnutt worked with such notable artists as R.E.M. lead singer
Michael Stipe and guitarist Guy Picciotto of the punk band Fugazi.
Chesnutt said in a biography posted on his MySpace page that he
came to "a whole new understanding of music" after the 1983 car
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