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David Berman of Indie Band Silver Jews Dies at 52

David Berman of Indie Band Silver Jews Dies at 52

David Berman has died. Music label Drag City confirmed the news on their official Twitter account.

On Wednesday evening, Drag City Records announced that David Berman, the singer-songwriter behind the beloved rock projects Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, passed away at the age of 52.

According to Variety, Berman was set to start a tour with his new band Purple Mountains on Saturday in NY and dates were set across the country. No cause of death has been revealed as of yet. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.

Two years later, Berman reunited with Malkmus for American Water, which became known as Silver Jews' finest album.

Born in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1967, Berman grew up in Virginia and Texas before moving to Hoboken, New Jersey with University of Virginia classmates and Silver Jews co-founders Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich.

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Also an established poet, he released his first collection of works - Actual Air - in 1999. He dissolved the band in 2009, saying at the time that he was motivated to right the wrongs of his conservative lobbyist father, Richard Berman.

The US poet was best known as the lead vocalist for Silver Jew and Purple Mountains.

Berman and Silver Jews continued in fits and starts through 2008, releasing three well-received albums with a band that included his wife, Cassie Berman.

Berman had dealt with drug addiction for years and had survived several overdoses and at least one suicide attempt.