Singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle, 38, has died.
The news was announced via a statement on Justin’s verified Facebook account on Aug. 23: “It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin. So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.You will be missed dearly Justin.”
A cause of death was not immediately revealed.
Justin released his debut album, Yuma, in 2007. He was named Emerging Act of the Year at the 2009 American Honors & Awards. Justin released his most recent album, The Saint of Lost Causes, in May 2019.
Justin is the son of alt-country artist Steve Earle and Carol Ann Hunter. Born in Nashville in 1982, Justin’s middle name is in honor of Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
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