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
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."