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Singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman passes away at 79

American singer-songwriter, novelist, and satirist Kinky Friedman has passed away at the age of 79. His death was confirmed on his official social media account, as reported by People.

“Kinky Friedman stepped on a rainbow at his beloved Echo Hill, surrounded by family and friends. Despite enduring tremendous pain and unimaginable loss in recent years, he never lost his fighting spirit and quick wit. Kinky will live on through his books and songs,” read the post on X.

Friedman’s friend Cleve Hattersley also confirmed his passing, noting that the musician (born Richard Samet Friedman) had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Chicago, Friedman was renowned for his eccentricity, sharp one-liners, and humor. He was always seen wearing a cowboy hat and holding a cigar. Friedman befriended several U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and counted music legends like Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson among his friends.

During his active years, Friedman built an extensive repertoire, including albums such as “Sold American” (1973) and “Lasso from El Paso” (1976). His unique approach to country music earned him a cult following among alt-country enthusiasts. 

As per the New York Times, he was a member of the Texas Jewboys, a band that toured extensively in the 1970s and even performed with Dylan. However, the “Resurrection” singer made a name for himself beyond the music industry.

Friedman later became a prolific writer, releasing numerous detective novels in the 1980s and 1990s. He also contributed to publications such as Rolling Stone and Texas Monthly.

Amid the news of his death, Friedman’s close friend Kent Perkins posted a heartfelt tribute on Facebook to honour his life and legacy.

Inputs: ANI

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