We were very sorry to learn that Don Van Vliet passed away on Friday 17 December 2010 due to complications arising from multiple sclerosis.
Tributes from friends, Magic Band members and fans have come thick and fast. Here are a few of them on beefheart.com and beyond:
How many “he influenced everyone from x to y” can you find?
Please feel free to post your own tributes in the comments on this blog. We hope to print as many of your comments as possible and present them to Don’s wife Jan (thanks Derek) to give her a sense of the huge amount of respect and affection which we have for her husband and the way that his art and life have touched so many of our lives in such a positive way.
Quite simply, we will never forget him.