Prolific garage rock musician Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., who went by the stage name Jay Reatard, was found dead in his Memphis home on Wednesday. He was 29.
Kim Jones of the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office in Memphis, Tennessee, told CNN that Lindsey’s autopsy was performed on Wednesday and that results could take up to six weeks.
The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported that a roommate had found Lindsey in his bed and that the police have opened an investigation into his death. The paper also said that friends of the rocker believed he was suffering from flu-like symptoms in the days prior to his death.
Lindsey worked on 22 full-length albums and over 100 singles during his career, which began at age 15. He released his first solo album, “Blood Visions,” in 2006.
“Few indie-rockers have ever been on a roll like this,” Spin magazine said in a review of his most recent album, “Watch Me Fall,” released in August 2009. “Reatard classes up the joint a bit, smearing organ, hard-strummed acoustic guitar, and strings on the unrequited-love epic ‘I’m Watching You.’ ” The music magazine named “Watch Me Fall” one of the 40 best albums of 2009.
Alternative rock band The Pixies, which brought Reatard along as their opening act on several dates of their recent tour, paid tribute to him via their Facebook page.
"We want to express our condolences to the friends and family of Jay Reatard, on his sudden passing today," the band posted.
Singer Beck posted Lindsey’s cover of "Gamma Ray," a single from Beck's album “Modern Guilt,” on his Web site.
In a final tribute to Lindsey, the webmaster of his site posted an unreleased cover the singer had done of Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.”