11.25.64 – 02.22.22
Singer, songwriter, musician, writer, poet
On February 22, 2022, the following message was posted to the Mark Lanegan Official Twitter Account:
Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland.
A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley.
No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect the family privacy.
And with these 4 simple sentences, emotional floodgates broke open around the world. Friends, family, acquaintances, musicians, authors. People who knew him well, and those who’d never met him. Everyone struck by sudden shock, and a profound sense of loss. Tributes appeared all over the internet from music journalists, and musicians of all genres.
And the fans. Oldest to newest, all affected in some way. I guess that’s because the music Mark made, no matter the genre, the time period, or who he worked with – his music always had an emotional effect on the listener. I’m not sure how many ‘casual fans’ he had. Everyone I ever met that listened to him loved him, or at least felt deeply moved by his music.
It’s October 5, 2022 now, and I’m still not capable of writing a complete tribute/memorial/whatever you call it/ post. I’m still struggling, like many are. I’d like to finish the site at least, make it complete. I hope there is still more to be heard out there, Mark was reportedly working on a new record just days before we lost him. I know he was also enjoying writing poetry. It would be great if someday we could read or hear anything else he left to us. Time will tell.
Debbi Sullivan aka Raeni
Mark is laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
There is a tree behind the Burt Reynolds memorial statue, you will find him at the foot of the tree, with the lake in front of him.