Roger Kynard Roky Erickson died the night of Saturday’s local time in Austin, Texas. The death is confirmed by his brother Sumner Erickson, according to Variety. The cause of the death is not known, writes Rolling Stone. «The world has lost a great light and an incredible soul», says Sumner Ericksen to Austin360. «It was not the easiest life, but he is free from all that now,» brother continues in his statement. Sumner Erichson has since 2001 served as guardian of his brother Roky Erickson. The rock star’s life was characterized by psychological problems and drugs. Roky Erickson was 71 years old.
Roky Erickson played in the 1960s in the psychedelic band The 13th Floor Elevators. The 13th Floor Elevator with Roller Coaster.
Roky Erichson has gained a cult status for his music, but is also known for a life characterized by psychological problems and drugs. In 1969, he was arrested for being in possession of a joint, but he relied on mental illness and sentenced the sentence to a mental hospital. Here he went through a time-consuming electric shock treatment and other psychiatric treatments. Three years later, in 1972, he was well-informed and discharged from the hospital.
Roky Erickson kept making music in the seventies. But the success did not materialize, and he continued to fight against mental illness and the consequences of the imprisonment in the years that followed. Roky Erickson with Okkervil River and the song True Love Cast Out All Evil,
He was trying on a comeback in the mid-2000s. In 2007, he made his first concerts in Europe, and performed among others at the Øya Festival in Oslo. He has played in Norway several times, most recently in 2016 at Rockefeller.