Alan Vega, Suicide Singer and Punk Icon, Dead at 78

Alan Vega, singer in the influential protopunk duo Suicide, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday. He was 78.
Henry Rollins first reported news of Vega's death, sharing a statement from Vega's family. "With profound sadness and a stillness that only news like this can bring, we regret to inform you that the great artist and creative force, Alan Vega has passed away," Vega's family wrote.

"Alan was not only relentlessly creative, writing music and painting until the end, he was also startlingly unique. Along with Martin Rev, in the early 1970's, they formed the two person avant band known as Suicide. Almost immediately, their incredible and unclassifiable music went against every possible grain. Their confrontational live performances, light-years before Punk Rock, are the stuff of legend. Their first, self-titled album is one of the single most challenging and noteworthy achievements in American music. Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him." via RollingStone