It’s been a tough year for fans of Big Star, as news of Hummel’s death comes merely months after front man Alex Chilton died of a heart attack in March. Yesterday, Hummel died in his home in Texas after a two-year struggle with cancer.
Standing in Austin on St. Patrick's Day, learning that Alex Chilton was dead too soon -- this mere hours before we all expected to see him play a Big Star show -- you sorta wanted to ask the universe, "Why?" And then, the following Tuesday, we got the answer: God is merciful, and He didn't want Alex Chilton to see some chooch butcher the Box Tops biggest hit on American Idol
Sad news out of Memphis New Orleans today, where the Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Big Star frontman and songwriter Alex Chilton has passed away. He was 59. The Appeal says the cause is believed to be a heart attack. Big Star was scheduled to play South by Southwest this weekend. Extremely sad way to end a beautiful St. Patrick's Day. Videos below.