RIP: Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet)

RIP: Captain Beefheart (a.k.a. Don Van Vliet)

According to Entertainment Weekly:

Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69. A representative of New York City’s Michael Werner Gallery, which hosted several shows of his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California this morning..

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