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Silver Jews’ David Berman cause of death confirmed by medical examiner

A spokeswoman for the New York City’s medical examiner reportedly has confirmed David Berman’s cause of death as suicide by hanging.

An anonymous law enforcement official revealed to the New York Times that poet and frontman behind Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, was found in his apartment in Brooklyn and pronounced dead at the scene.

The beloved musician died on August 7th at the age of 52. Earlier this year Berman had recently returned to music, with Purple Mountains. Ending a ten-year hiatus with a debut album released in May.

Tributes have been pouring in for popular poet and frontman since the news of his death was announced.

Bob Nastanovich, Berman’s former bandmate, said: “I was saddened to hear that David died. Stephen called me to tell me this afternoon. For most of my life, I was amazed by David as a person, a humorist and a writer. It was enlightening to have such a talented friend at a young age and realize that the talent wasn’t always a blessing. 

“David battled mental illness for nearly all of his life. He had professional help and the unyielding support of hundreds of good friends. He had many loving and devoted fans. Please try to cherish your memories of him and his words and music including his last album Purple Mountains. I know I will and I’m grateful that the list of good memories and stories is long.”

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