Rocker Alex Chilton Dead at 59
Heart attack likely fells singer of Box Tops, Big Star
By Will McCahill, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 9:16 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Alex Chilton, the singer and guitarist known for his vocals on the Box Tops’ 1967 hit The Letter and a cult favorite to many of the past two decades' musicians, died today at 59. A heart attack is believed to the culprit, the Commercial Appeal of Chilton’s native Memphis reports; he had complained earlier today of heart issues in New Orleans, where he’d moved.

“I’m crushed. We’re all just crushed,” says the record exec behind Chilton’s other band, the 1970s power-pop act Big Star (whose songs were covered by the likes of Wilco, Beck, REM, Garbage and Bat For Lashes, Rolling Stone notes). “This sudden death experience is never something that you’re prepared for.”

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Mar 18, 2010 7:29 PM CDT
Gonna miss you Alex, just listened to "Cry like a baby" again for the I don't know how many times its been. And closed my eyes and said a prayer for your passing. R I P man.
Mar 18, 2010 10:30 AM CDT
One of my favorite musicians ever. Rest in peace, Alex. Here's my personal favorite tribute to his work:
Mar 18, 2010 5:26 AM CDT
RIP LX..... you brought joy to generations of music lovers and represented the best of the Memphis sound ...lyou will be miised