Jason Molina, the singer/songwriter behind the acclaimed country-rock bands Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., has died, according to a post on Chunklet. He was 39 years old. Sources say that he died from complications due to alcohol abuse.
Molina had been combating his alcoholism for some time, but it didn’t become public knowledge until his family started a fund and asked fans to help pay his medical expenses. He had spent the last few years of his life going in and out of rehab.
Molina began recording as Songs: Ohia in 1996, and he continued under the name with an expanding cast of side musicians until 2003, when he changed his recording name to Magnolia Electric Co on the 2003 album of the same name, on which he abandoned the lo-fi folk of his earlier work in favor of a more conventional, country-tinged rock sound.
Molina’s last album, Autumn Bird Songs, came out in 2012. In a post on his website dated to May of last year, Molina talked about working on new music.