After becoming visibly upset over a text message conversation at a friend's house in Nashville, TN over the weekend, he retreated upstairs for some time before leaving the house through the backdoor, sitting down in the alley behind the house, taking aim at his heart with his own rifle, and pulling the trigger. Police responded to the 911 call at 1:20pm and Mark Linkous was pronounced dead at the scene.
His work with DangerMouse director David Lynch in the multimedia project Dark Night of the Soul is still scheduled for release.
"... Mark wrote and played some beautiful music, and we're lucky to have it."
-Colin Greenwood, bassist for Radiohead
"We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There's a heaven and there's a star for you." -Statement released from Linkous's family by Linkous's manager Shelby Meade