Captain Beefheart, a.k.a. Don Van Vliet, dies at 69

posted 2010-12-17 17:02:08 by dmcnelis

Avant-garde rock legend and visual artist Don Van Vliet, who performed under the name Captain Beefheart, passed away today at age 69.

A representative of New York City’s Michael Werner Gallery, which hosted several shows of his paintings, confirms the sad news to EW. Van Vliet died of complications from multiple sclerosis at a hospital in Northern California this morning.