Steve Earle's Son Justin Townes Dies at 38 – What Happened?
Singer Steve Earle has sadly lost his son, Justin Townes Earle, according to a social media post that announced the news. The star’s son was only 38 at the time of his death.
On Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Justin Townes Earle Facebook page announced the singer-songwriter’s death. In a statement, the star’s family shared how they were revealing the news with “tremendous sadness.”
They hoped his fans would continue to use his music to guide them on their journeys. Townes Earle is the son of country singer, Steve Earle, and a cause of death hasn’t been mentioned yet.
Steve Earle performs with T Bone Burnett and Friends as part of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 10 on October 1, 2010, in San Francisco, California | Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images
His family noted how they would miss him dearly now that he was gone. The post included a photo of Townes Earle sitting alone and playing guitar.
A few lines, from his 2014 song "Looking for a Place to Land," were included in the post. The song, from his “Absent Fathers” record, spoke about going through trials while seeking a comfortable place to land.
The late star found fame in 2007 with the release of the EP "Yuma." Two years later, he won an Emerging Act of the Year at the Americana Honors & Awards.
In 2011, his song, "Harlem River Blues," won him the Song of the Year title. The following year, Townes Earle was nominated for Artist of the Year.
SOME OF HIS ALBUMS
One of his other albums is “Kids in the Street.” Last year in May, the singer released his latest album called, “The Saint of Lost Causes.”
The Nashville born artist previously opened up about his battle with alcohol and drugs. By the time he turned 21, Townes Earle had survived 5 heroin overdoses.
BEING FIRED FROM A BAND
He was also allegedly fired from his father's band, the Duke, because of his drug abuse. The late musician left behind his wife, Jenn Marie, and their daughter Etta St. James, 3.
Earlier in the month, she took to Instagram asking her fans to pray for her after she was hospitalized. In July 2020, she was hospitalized for high blood pressure and possible kidney failure before being discharged.