By Brock ThiessenAccording to various media reports, Seeds front-man and all-around garage rock legend Sky Saxon has died. Saxon, who was born Richard Marsh, was hospitalized in South Austin, Texas, on Monday (June 22) due to an undiagnosed condition and remained in critical condition in the ICU in St. David's South Austin Hospital, where he passed away this morning, LA Weekly's West Coast Sound blog reports.
Saxon's wife, Sabrina, broke the news earlier today on her Facebook, writing "Sky has passed over and YaHoWha is waiting for him at the gate. He will soon be home with his Father. I'm so sorry I couldn't keep him here with us. More later. I'm sorry."
At this point, the cause of death is unknown, but doctors suspect an infection of the internal organs, Austin360.com reports.
Many believe Saxon was born around 1946, but his exact date of birth is not clear.
Saxon founded the Seeds in 1965 and went on to pen such garage classics as "Pushin' Too Hard" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine." After the Seeds broke up in 1970, Saxon joined the spiritual commune the Source Family, adopted the name Sunlight and played periodically with the Source Family band YaHoWha 13.
Saxon was to join a Seeds/Love/Electric Prunes tour this summer as part of the California '66 Revue. No announcements have been made yet regarding the future of the tour.