Jason Molina Dies To 'Natural Causes' At 39 After Years Of Extreme Alcoholism [REPORT]

By iScience Times Staff Reporter on March 18, 2013 7:23 PM EDT

James Molina dies at 39
Jason Molina, the singer and songwriter best known for recording under project names such as “Songs: Ohia” and “Magnolia Electric Co.”, has died unexpectedly at the age of 39. (Photo: magnoliaelectricco.com / Jone Fredriksen)

Jason Molina Dies To 'Natural Causes' At 39 After Years Of Extreme Alcoholism

Jason Molina, the singer and songwriter best known for recording under project names such as "Songs: Ohia" and "Magnolia Electric Co.", has died unexpectedly at the age of 39. The famous performer was known for battling alcoholism for several years, and after years of abuse, his body began to betray him. Jason Molina died of natural caused in his home in Indiana according to a statement made by musicians and friends close to the songwriter.

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Jason Molina was seen as an incredibly talented musician by his peers. Magnolia Electric Co., the name he used to record with several different musicians and occasionally by himself, posted a long and detailed blog posted on the band's website. The blog post described Jason Molina as a cornerstone to the company and said that it never would have been nearly as successful without Jason Molina.

"This is especially hard for us to share. Jason is the cornerstone of Secretly Canadian. Without him there would be no us - plain and simple," said friends at Magnolia Electric Co. in a written statement. "His singular, stirring body of work is the foundation upon which all else has been constructed. After hearing and falling in love with the mysterious voice on his debut single 'Soul' in early 1996, we approached him about releasing a single on our newly formed label. For some reason he said yes. We drove from Indiana to New York to meet him in person and he handed us what would become the first of many JMo master tapes. And with the Songs: Ohia One Pronunciation of Glory 7" we were given a voice as a label."

Jason Molina posted on the record label's blog several times prior to his untimely death. Even as his body was beginning to betray him, Jason Molina always stayed committed to recording music and promoting the record label. Here's exactly what Jason Molina wrote in a short blog post titled "A Note From Jason":

"Dear friends and family.
It has been a long hospital year. You all have done so much and given so much to further my cause on this planet that I feel compelled to give you a little note. The response towards my medical fund and other support has been better than I could have ever imagined. I spent my time on the farm which was more like the opposite of a tour of duty, but it was good in its way. I have been moved around quite a bit too, Chicago, England, Indiana, West Virginia and back and forth to each. For the time being I am doing well, still in recovery and still in treatment until probably the summer does its thing. I've been writing a lot of music and eagerly anticipate the new 10" with Will Schaff's book, word is that end of May we might finally get them. It is slow going, but it is going. I did write about 500 letters to many of you who sent me good wishes and more, oddly the facility I was in decided to keep them all instead of sending them. I'll start re-collecting post box information when I am in a place for any length of time. Treatment is good, getting to deal with a lot of things that even the music didn't want to. I have not given up because you, my friends have not given up on me. I do still need your support however that takes shape, good vibes are worth more than you might think. Finally, there are actually some musical projects on the distant radar screen, but for those who understand, I am taking this in much smaller steps than I'm used to. Keep the lamps trimmed and burning!

JM
5 May 2012
Indianapolis"

The statement made by Secretly Canadian, the record label that Jason Molina recorded under, attributed his death to natural causes. The blog post left on Magnolia Electric Co.'s website noted that he toured the world extensively between 1997 and 2009. The only reason that he stopped touring was because he was forced to deal with his alcohol problems. In honor of Jason Molina's untimely and unexpected death, here's a look back at some of his greatest pieces of work.

Here are Jason Molina's greatest hits, many of which were recorded under the project names "Songs: Ohia" and "Magnetic Electric Co.":

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