Mark William Lanegan was an American singer-songwriter and author. He was well-known as the lead singer for Screaming Trees, and also a member of Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins.
Mark Lanegan died at his home in Killarney, Ireland, on the morning of February 22, 2022, at the age of 57.
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Lanegan struggled with alcoholism and heroin addiction during the 1990s and early 2000s. In his 2020 memoir, he claimed that, at age 12, he was “reviled as the town drunk before I could even legally drink”.
During a Screaming Trees tour in 1992, Lanegan’s arm became so badly infected from heroin use that doctors considered amputation.
After leaving the Screaming Trees, he became homeless for a period. He entered rehab in 1997 and again in 2006.
He has credited Courtney Love, who paid for a year of Lanegan’s rehab, with saving his life. As of 2020, Lanegan had been sober for over a decade.
In March 2021, Lanegan was hospitalized with severe COVID-19 and almost died. The disease had led to him going temporarily deaf, being unable to walk, and slipping in and out of a coma for several months.
In a 2020 interview, Lanegan had described his beliefs in a number of COVID-19 conspiracy theories, including the idea the disease is linked to 5G technology.
He also described paranoia that he and his wife were being surveilled by technological appliances.
However, in 2021 he said he had concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic was a “natural event” and also admitted that “I was one of those knuckleheads who were wary of the vaccine. But I learned my lesson. I’ll be the first one to get a booster shot when it’s available in Ireland.”