Underground garage rock singer-songwriter Dan Sartain has died. He was 39 years old.
The news of Sartain’s death on March 20 was announced by his family via a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for his funeral. No cause of death was confirmed.
“Dan Sartain left us many memories and music, but has unfortunately left us way too early,” his family shared on the fundraiser. “As wonderful as his legacy is, he had no plans for the unmentionable, and thus, here we are. We aren’t trying to do much but have a small service for family and friends, and with Dan’s wide range of friends, this should be achievable. From all of his family, we thank you….”
Having already achieved the GoFundMe target for the funeral expenses, Sartain’s brother Robert Sartain has chosen to leave the GoFundMe open to collect extra funds for the singer’s daughter Audrey.
Sartain was amongst the early adopters of early 2000s garage rock alongside The Strokes, Interpol and The White Stripes. While never achieving the international success of his fellow garage rock revivalists, Sartain enjoyed a steady career and dedicated fanbase.
He self-produced and self-released his first two albums—2001’s Crimson Guard and 2002’s Romance in Stereo—before skipping across a few labels with his subsequent releases.
Just last year, Sartain issued a number of major projects. The rocker shared his Western covers album Western Hills in 2020 and released Where is Candyman with Ganxsta Nip to raise funds for the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
RIP, Dan Sartain. Listen to Where is Candyman below: