Published Jun 08, 2009Singer-songwriter and Kill Rock Stars signee Jeff Hanson tragically passed away on Friday (June 5) as the result of a mysterious but purely accidental cause. The 31-year-old singer had just moved into a new apartment in St. Paul, MN, and according to Hanson's sister, "likely died from a fall or other accident at the concrete-floored apartment," the Star-Tribune newspaper reports.
Hanson was a fixture in the Minnesota punk scene from an early age, and signed with Kill Rock Stars soon after going solo. The label released three albums from the artist: 2003's Son, 2005's self-titled effort and last year's Madam Owl. All of the albums highlighted Hanson's penchant for subtle songwriting and his high-pitched voice, which Paste once called an "angelic falsetto, a cross between Alison Krauss and Art Garfunkel that's often (understandably) mistaken for a female contralto."
Hanson had just completed a full U.S. tour last month. In a statement, Kill Rock Stars said, "We are deeply shocked and saddened... [Hanson was] an amazing artist, a riotously funny person and a good friend."