Captain Beefheart RIP (1941-2010)
American musician and painter Don Van Vliet, best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart, has died aged 69.
Van Vliet’s death in California, from complications from multiple sclerosis, was announced by the Michael Werner Gallery in New York.
Van Vliet was “one of the most original recording artists of his time”, the gallery said in a statement.
He rose to fame in the 1960s with a unique style of blues-inspired rock & roll, later devoting himself to art.
Artists including Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The White Stripes are among those who have cited him as an influence.