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Wesley Willis R.I.P

Postby Johnny 13 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 2:24 pm

I hope this is not misinformation. This is the post I saw on Metafilter:

Wesley Willis: Rock and roll star, artist, poet, movie star and friend to all he met passed away last night from Leukemia at the age of 40. The six foot five, 320 pound Chicago area musician who cut his teeth on the streets selling city landscape drawings and playing music on his tiny Casio keyboard was infamous for his raw insightful songs and ability to draw his audiences into a schizophrenic's take on reality.


There is a link to Alternative Tentacles but it is not going through for me. I imagine the server is getting hammered.
http://www.alternativetentacles.com/news.php?sd=uT@H6@5hfwQXbzVUi5A#165

If this turns out not to be true, I will display shame like you never saw before.
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Postby Johnny 13 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 2:42 pm

Dear Friends and fellow Wesleynauts,
We are deeply saddened to report that one of our artists, Wesley
Willis passed away yesterday, Thursday, August 21st. Wesley will be
greatly missed by all that had the privilege to know him, as well as
the fans who have been fortunate enough to experience his genius.

Wesley was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) at
the end of 2002, and had to undergo emergency surgery on June 2nd to
identify the source of, and to suppress internal bleeding. It is not
clear if this bleeding was related to his leukemia or not, and the
exact cause of death is still unknown. Wesley had been recovering at a
Hospice in Illinois, and since the surgery his health had deteriorated
rapidly.

His songs were simultaneously disturbing, hilarious, blunt, and
intoxicating. Wesley's sheer excitement and unaffected honesty about
every cultural phenomenon, defined his music as truly individual, and
truly punk rock.

Wesley released well over 50 albums - 3 of which are on
Alternative Tentacles, and a 4th, entitled, Wesley Willis Greatest
Hits Vol. 3 (CD) had already been scheduled for release in October of
this year.

For more information on Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, please visit
http://leukemia-lymphoma.org .

Currently there are no plans for any funeral service but we will
inform you if there will be.

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Postby slowriot on Fri Aug 22, 2003 3:09 pm

the world has lost a truly great artist. although i must say it was hard to look at him without feeling a deep sense of sadness. kids think it's "funny" to listen to wesley willis and poke fun at him, but the reality of the situation was, he was just a guy doing what he loved, creating art.
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Wesley Live

Postby Andrew Weatherhead on Fri Aug 22, 2003 5:03 pm

I saw Wesley Willis in concert once. It was fantastic. I am going to miss him.
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Postby mnotaro on Thu Aug 28, 2003 10:16 pm

I saw my friend refuse a headbutt. Not everybody is in to butts.
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