Over the last few years, Vic's career had not been going very well. I saw him 3 or 4 years ago when he was touring in support of the re-release of some of his earlier albums. Attendance was sparse, to put it mildly. Most recently, I saw him open for Jonathan Richman in 2008.
Going back and listening to Vic Chesnutt's music, it seems like his suicide was almost a foregone conclusion. Take the lyrics to his 1992 song, "Florida" for example: "A man must make unpopular decisions from time to time / And a man can only stand what a man can stand / It's a wobbly volatile line / Florida, Florida, the water table is fucked / Florida, Florida, there's no more perfect place to give it all up / A man must take his life in his own hands / Hit those nails on the head / And I respect a man who goes where he wants to be / Even if he wants to be dead"
Rest in peace, Vic...
Vic's friend, Kristin Hersh, has set up a website where you can donate money to his family to help defray their expenses.