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Big Star singer Alex Chilton dies of heart attack

Alex Chilton
Indie rock legends Big Star singer Alex Chilton died of heart attack in a New Orleans hospital on Wednesday. The 59-year-old star, who was a songwriter, guitarist, singer and producer and was best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star, was survived by his wife Laura and son Timothy.

Alex Chilton was rushed a hospital on Wednesday by paramedics immediately after he complained of some health problems. He was admitted to an emergency room in a New Orleans hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Alex Chilton's death was confirmed to the Commercial Appeal by his long-time band mate in Big Star Jody Stephens.

Big Star drummer Jody Stephens said, “Alex passed away a couple of hours ago." Stephens suspected that heart attack was the reason for his death. He said. “I don"t have a lot of particulars, but they kind of suspect that it was a heart attack."

Chilton is perhaps second-best-remembered as a member of power pop legends Big Star. He had been scheduled to perform with Big Star on Saturday at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. The festival's creative director Brent Grulke said, "Alex Chilton always messed with your head, charming and amazing you while doing so."

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