April 17, 2014

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Lorain native, alternative musician dies at age 39

Molina

INDIANAPOLIS — Alternative singer-songwriter and Lorain native Jason Molina has died at his home in Indianapolis. He was 39.

The Marion County coroner confirmed Molina died Saturday. The cause of death hasn’t been determined.

His record label, Indiana-based Secretly Canadian, says he stopped touring in 2009 “to deal with severe alcoholism.”

On its website Monday, the label said the Lorain native released more than 12 albums under the name “Songs: Ohia” and the band Magnolia Electric Co., which he started in 2003. The label said Molina was its “cornerstone.”

A message attributed to his family and posted on the label’s website in September 2011 said he’d been in and out of rehabilitation facilities and hospitals in England and the U.S. over the previous two years and was raising goats and chickens in West Virginia.