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LINKOUS, Frederick Mark, departed this life on March 6, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was born and raised in Virginia, spending much of his childhood in Charlottesville and Southwestern Virginia. Shortly after graduating high school, Mark left Virginia for New York, where he co-founded the band The Dancing Hoods. After a move to Los Angeles, he went back to Virginia where he started his most well-known and beloved project, Sparklehorse, and released four acclaimed albums. His music and words were deeply felt by people all over the world and his beautiful, dreamlike sounds were heard in his production and collaborations with other artists, including Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Danger Mouse and Daniel Johnston. With all his accomplishments, Mark remained humble and extremely modest. He appreciated the creativity of others, not only in music, but also in art, film and literature. He was quiet and gentle, soft spoken and warm. He saw and felt beauty in a powerful way and he never rushed, unless he was on a motorcycle coming out of a hairpin turn. He had strong empathy, a compassionate heart and an exceptional sense of humor. He was kind and he was loved. He will be missed very much by his wife, Teresa Linkous; mother, Gloria Hughes Thacker; father, Frederick Linkous and stepmother, Leta; brothers, Matt, Paul and Daniel Linkous; sister-in-law, Melissa Linkous; his beloved nephew, Spencer Linkous; and many other well-loved family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, 4952 Warner Avenue, Suite 242, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649. Services will be held at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, March 20, at 3 p.m.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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My deepest sympathy goes to this incredibly talented man's family. I did see Mark play live in Portland OR in 2002, & he had a light that will shine on. I was so excited by his moving to Knoxville as I thought for sure he would play Bonnaroo eventually. I hope that y'all are able to find comfort.

Can't believe it.
I first saw Sparklehorse in London the night of Mark's mishap. Had already been a fan of Vivadixie before this. I went to Paris (from England) to see them support Radiohead and had the time of my life. Got to meet him in Bristol when he was touring for Good Morning Spider. He was kind and inviting, signed my album and was happy to talk about stuff like Grandaddy (who he said were "really cool.") He even told me the chords to one of his songs, which was...

when i first came to richmond mark was working at astor's music on main street. i'd just started playing guitar and was constantly breaking the high e string. i'd walk in to the otherwise empty store and mark would be in the back quietly working on something. he always looked at me kind of strange when i just wanted one string, like, wouldn't it make more sense to buy a set? what did i know. fortunately, over the years i've gotten to know his brother, matt, melisa, and spencer. a...

Amazing voice and artist, a grand talent.His art will live on.My best to his loved ones.

I have been a huge admirer of his music and incredible musical talent. He will be missed greatly. My condolences.

A terrible loss. I am so sorry for you all. He was such an amazing talent so under rated I still find it quite unbelievable. At least we have his music (of which there is too little). With love and best wishes. David

Our daughter had to order Sparklehorse music from England. Imagine our surprise to find that it was originated here.
So very sorry to read that there will be no more of this beautiful music.
Hank and Madeline Roberts,
Richmond, VA

Dear friends,
We are so very sorry for the loss of the one you loved so much.
Know you are in are thoughts and prayers.Also,know God will carry you thu this time of sorrow.

Much love and prayer's,
Ronnie & Brenda Mullins

What a lovely creative and interesting life, believe he was a distant relative, love and blessings to his family and friends.
Rev. Ellen Linkous Argenzio