UPDATE: David Pajo posted the above photo to his Instagram account at 11:20 a.m. EST indicating he survived his suicide attempt and is currently awake and alert in a local hospital. Original story below.
Scary news coming out of New Jersey overnight: Musician David Pajo, best known as a member of seminal Louisville post-punk band Slint, attempted suicide in his home last night. The public was alerted to this by Pajo himself, who posted a lengthy suicide note on his private blog and then sent it out through his Twitter and Instagram accounts. Luckily, many fans and friends sprung into action, contacting local police, who along with EMS were able to intervene and rescue him, according to a Facebook comment left by Pajo’s mother. His condition beyond that is currently unknown, but we will keep updating the story as we learn more.
Pajo’s guitar work has not so much defined an entire generation of musicians but likely scared them from even trying. He was a crucial element of Slint, and also went on to contribute to the For Carnation, Tortoise and others, most notably Billy Corgan’s post-Smashing Pumpkins vehicle Zwan. He has also been a touring member of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Interpol, in addition to a long-running solo career under the names Aerial M, Papa M and finally, simply Pajo.
We wish Pajo the speediest of recoveries, both physically, mentally and emotionally.
If you or anyone you know is having feelings of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It is a free call and they are there to listen.