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Cat Power reveals struggle with suicide, her near-death experience in 2012

on May 10, 2014, 11:06am

In a new interview with the Guardian, Cat Power’s Chan Marshall opened up about her personal struggles, including thoughts of suicide and a near-death experience following the release of her latest album, Sun.

Marshall discussed a time in her life where “I was just trying to keep myself alive and stop myself jumping out of windows.” She credited Patti Smith for giving her life-saving advice: “She told me: ‘It’s your responsibility as an artist to stand up if you believe in something.’ I was overwhelmed by that.”

Marshall also revealed that she nearly died in 2012: “The day after Sun came out I was in hospital with angioedema [a stress-induced and potentially fatal swelling in the body]. They told me they were going to put me in a coma to save my lungs. My friend came to visit and told me I’d made the Billboard Top 10 and all I could think was: ‘I don’t want to die.'”

Also in the interview, Marshall discussed her approach songwriting, how she drew inspiration from Beastie Boys, and her belief that he truly didn’t find her singing voice until very recently. It’s all part of a series dubbed “This Much I Know – Famous faces share their life lessons”. Read it in full here.

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