Alex Chilton 2004 [WireImage.com]

Sad news about the passing of Memphis rock icon Alex Chilton via commercialappeal.com:

The singer and guitarist, best known as a member of ’60s pop-soul act the Box Tops and the ’70s power-pop act Big Star, died today at a hospital in New Orleans. Chilton, 59, had been complaining of about his health earlier today. He was taken by paramedics to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack.

His Big Star bandmate Jody Stephens confirmed the news this evening. “Alex passed away a couple of hours ago,” Stephens said from Austin, Texas, where the band was to play Saturday at the annual South By Southwest Festival. “I don’t have a lot of particulars, but they kind of suspect that it was a heart attack.”

“I never travel far, without a little Big Star”

Comments (13)
  1. Will have to give the Mats song a spin.

    Great songwriter.

  2. Wow, this made me feel so sad.

    Going to listen to some great timeless music now.

    RIP Alex.

  3. Thank you friends, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you

  4. R.I.P, will give #1 Record a play tonight.

  5. Very sad news. I truly hope he was happy touring again after so many years. Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer did us all a service…

  6. This makes me miss Elliott Smith again :(

  7. Great loss to the music world. R.I.P. Alex

  8. sad day, sad day. Chilton will be missed dearly.

  9. devastating loss. i was set to interview the band at their homecoming gig in memphis this may. i’m totally crushed. what a peerless, inimitable legend we’ve lost.

  10. What a sad way to kick off SXSW. I’ve only gotten into Big Star in the last couple of years, but it doesn’t take much exposure to their music to realize that, as was said above, this is indeed a great loss to the music world.

  11. just play loud “Alex Chilton” by The Replacements and sing “i’m in love. what’s that song? I’m in love with that song”. it is a good way to remember him and his beautiful songs.

  12. jay, mark, alex. this is going to be a shit year

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