Denis Johnson, the creator behind the original accumulation Jesus’ Son, has kicked the bucket at 67 years old. Jeff Seroy, a representative for Johnson’s distributer, Farrar Straus and Giroux, affirmed that the National Book Award-winning writer passed on Thursday yet offered no further points of interest.

“Denis was one of the great writers of his generation,” FSG’s president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, said in a statement Friday. “He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was.”

“Brutally honest and painfully beautiful”— that is the manner by which writer Nathan Englander depicted Johnson’s work in 1992’s Jesus’ Son, a short, unvarnished arrangement of intertwined stories that attention on the edgy existences of medication addicts.

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