In the last 48 hours rumours have been circling on Twitter and across the internet, that funk-pioneer Sly Stone is broke and homeless.
The Daily Mail reported today that Stone has lost everything and is now living in a camper van. He’s also been quoted as saying, “I like my small camper – I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”
It’s even been reported that Stone’s van is parked on a street in the Crenshaw neighbourhood of LA, where director John Singleton’s, Boyz n the Hood film was set.
In his heyday, Sly, who sold his music publishing rights to Michael Jackson in 1984 for a reported $1 million, lived in mansions in Beverly Hills and Napa Valley in California, but reports state that a combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement have led to his current predicament.
Fellow funkateer, Bootsy Collins however, has gone on Twitter today, to try and bring a slightly fuller and less sensationalist light to proceedings.
Bootsy posted a link to a comment made by Randy Austin on Facebook which reads, “Hey bootsy: just to let you know about Sly – he is ok. He stays at my mom and dads because he feels safe there. He has a house that he is renting but he likes being around my brother who cares for him and watches over him.”
Austin continues, “…My mom cooks for him whenever he is hungry. As for the boys in the hood thing; my hood is very loving of Sly and watches over him.
“Thank you for caring. PS – He would love to here from you. Keep the funk alive and god bless you.”
So, things are a bit bleak for Sly, but not quite as bleak as the world’s media would like you to think.
Here’s hoping things start to improve for him. The thought of such a talented and innovative musical genius living in poverty is truly heart breaking. He’s given the world more joy than most of us can ever dream of giving.