David Berman, Revered singer-songwriter of Silver Jews, dies at 52

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But he recently returned to music after a long hiatus with a new project, Purple Mountains.

No cause of death has been reported. Last month Berman released the self-titled debut album under the Purple Mountains name via Drag City.

Berman was also a published poet, who released the collection Actual Air in 1999.

After Berman's death was announced Wednesday night, Malkmus tweeted that he hoped his friend found peace.

Berman formed Silver Jews in 1989 with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, who attended the University of Virginia with him.

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He was due to start a tour with his new project Purple Mountains on Saturday in NY. It didn't help that Starlite Walker's closest thing to a hit, "Advice To The Graduate", featured Malkmus on the chorus. "/ Now that I'm older and sub-space is colder, I just want to say something true".

After Berman had taken a break for several years, Purple Mountains had released an album on 12 July, which features his songs including 'All My Happiness Is Gone' and 'Maybe I'm the Only One for Me'. He dissolved the band in 2009, saying at the time that he was motivated to right the wrongs of his conservative lobbyist father, Richard Berman.

The Silver Jews that recorded six studio albums between 1994 and 2008 rarely performed live.

At the time of his death, Berman was living in Chicago and was separated from his wife Cassie (although the two still owned a house together in Nashville). He was scheduled to begin touring with the group this weekend.

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