Mark Linkous

Mark Linkous

September 8, 1962 - March 6, 2010

Mark Linkous

September 8, 1962 - March 6, 2010


Frederick Mark Linkous departed this life on March 6, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born and raised in Virginia, spending much of his childhood in Charlottesville and Southwestern Virginia. Shortly after graduating high school, Mark left Virginia for New York, where he co-founded the band The Dancing Hoods. After a move to Los Angeles, he went back to Virginia where he started his most well-known and beloved project, Sparklehorse, and released four acclaimed albums. His music and words were deeply felt by people all over the world and his beautiful, dreamlike sounds were heard in his production and collaborations with other artists, including Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Danger Mouse and Daniel Johnston. With all his accomplishments, Mark remained humble and extremely modest. He appreciated the creativity of others, not only in music, but also in art, film and literature. He was quiet and gentle, soft spoken and warm. He saw and felt beauty in a powerful way and he never rushed, unless he was on a motorcycle coming out of a hairpin turn. He had strong empathy, a compassionate heart and an exceptional sense of humor. He was kind and he was loved. He will be missed very much by his wife, Teresa Linkous; mother, Gloria Hughes Thacker; father, Frederick Linkous and stepmother, Leta; brothers, Matt, Paul and Daniel Linkous; sister-in-law, Melissa Linkous; his beloved nephew, Spencer Linkous; and many other well-loved family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, 4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 242, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649. Services will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m.

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7 responses to Mark Linkous

  1. My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Mark. I am just a fan who never had the opportunity to meet him in person, and yet his music has touched me so deeply that I am greatly saddened by his loss. May he rest in peace, and may all who must move on from this do so with as much grace as possible. Know that he has touched many, many souls and I hope you find comfort in knowing that he lives on in the hearts of people he never even met. God bless you.

  2. Gp says:

    My deepest condolences to the Linkous family. He was a true master of his craft. He helped me through some tough times in my life with his songs. I hope he has returned to his beloved woods.

  3. A beautiful, beautiful songwriter, there was a poetic quality to his lyrics. He had a sad and beautiful vision of the world, he said so himself. R.I.P.

  4. Mark, I remember the first time I heard your music….the song was It’s a Wonderful Life. I was immediately hooked and I have loved your music ever since. You have that very rare and unique quality about your music, which combines real emotion along with magical melodies. I will be a fan forever. May your shade be sweet, Mark. And thank you so very much for all the gifts you gave the world.

  5. Paul Rocks says:

    Mark, your music touched me more than any other in the last decade. I have been privilaged to see you perform several times in Glasgow over this period, Remember King Tuts when you used to cadge a ciggy and a wee whisky or two?? . I hope you have found peace now dude. Roxy

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