Spinner is reporting that noted purveyor of increasingly pop-oriented garage-rock Jay Reatard died in his sleep last night, at the age of 29. His pre-Matador record label, Goner Records, has confirmed the news: “It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our good friend Jay Reatard. Jay died in his sleep last night. We will pass along information about funeral arrangements when they are made public.”
Update: Matador Records released this statement:
We are devastated by the death of Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard. Jay was as full of life as anyone we’ve ever met, and responsible for so many memorable moments as a person and artist. We’re honored to have known and worked with him, and we will miss him terribly.