ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Vic Chesnutt, the folk-rocker whose sometimes dark reflections on life were influenced in part by a car wreck that left him paralyzed, has died. He was 45.
Family friend Christina Stuckey, who answered the phone at Chesnutt's home, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. Chesnutt's record label, Constellation Records, said in a statement on its Web site that Chesnutt died on Christmas Day, Friday.
The brief statement says ''Vic transformed our sense of what true character, grace and determination are all about.''
The Mt Baker backcountry (barely past the ski area - no avalanche danger) is a fantastic place for snowshoeing. The snow was powder fresh and glistened in the morning sun. The ski area we hiked, called Heather Meadows, already has a 68" base. The blue skies provided a great backdrop for photos.