Fare Thee Well, Robert Hunter

Grateful Dead Lyricist Dead at 78

September 25, 2019

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The Grateful Dead community is mourning after the passing of lyricist Robert Hunter.

According to a statement from his family, he died Monday peacefully at home. No cause of death was given. He was 78.

Members of the Grateful Dead and others paid tribute on Twitter.

Bob Weir: "If I’m gonna count my blessings, Robert Hunter and his imagination are gonna be up at the top of that list. I think I can speak for a lot of people In saying that."

Mickey Hart: "He explained the unexplainable and the words struck deep The characters that inhabited his world explained so much and revealed multi- layers of emotions He spun the stories, and he now rides a carpet headed straight to Jerry."

Stu Levitan (Madison historian and Grateful Dead fan) "Robert Hunter was the second-greatest lyricist in modern pop/rock music. His memory - and the eternal life of his words- is for a blessing. If you get confused, just listen to the music play."

After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, Hunter continued to write with other artists including Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.