The Hi, How Are Your Project Remembers Daniel Johnston

(1961-2019)

(September 10th, 2019) The Johnston family is deeply saddened to announce the death of their brother, Daniel Johnston.

He passed away from natural causes this morning at his home outside of Houston, Texas.

Daniel was a singer, songwriter, an artist, and a friend to all. Although he struggled with mental health issues for much of his adult life, Daniel triumphed over his illness through his prolific output of art and songs. He inspired countless fans, artists, and songwriters with his message that no matter how dark the day that "true love will find you in the end."

Read obituaries from Pitchfork, New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, NPR, Austin Chronicle, The Guardian, Houston Press, Irish Times, Daily Mail, KEXP, BBC.

Daniel's life and music inspired the Hi, How Are You Project to encourage open conversation around mental health. His birthday, January 22, is celebrated as Hi, How Are You Day.

Dick Johnston, Daniel's older brother says of Dan, “I always wanted Danny to feel like his own person, and in control of his own life. Since beginning to work and travel with him in about 2003, we gratefully were able to travel the entire globe for over a decade to get out before the fans. He was always, everywhere, warmly received and he at least knew he was well loved. Health issues have plagued us for years, but I’m glad for the time we had.”

Tom Gimbel, Hi, How Are You Project Co-Founder and Daniel's manager of over 25 years says "I am so saddened by the news of Daniel's passing. It has been the greatest honor and privilege of my professional life to work with Daniel Johnston - someone who I consider to be one of the greatest songwriting geniuses of our time. In our time together Daniel was more than an artist; he was a friend, he was family. I will miss him greatly but will smile every time I hear his songs."

Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You Day 2018

Daniel Johnston, Hi, How Are You Day 2018

 
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“When I'm down, really down.  Nothing matters, nothing does.

Please hear my cry for help and save me from myself.”

Daniel Johnston  |  Peek a boo

Why Mental Health?

Mental health issues affect one in four people globally

It could be you, your child, your spouse, sibling, parent, friend or co-worker.  Mental health issues affect EVERYONE in some way.  So, why is it so difficult to talk about?  If everyone is affected, why does the stigma remain?  At the Hi, How Are You Project, we asked that very question and decided we all need to do better.  We believe it is not an organizational mission, but a worldwide community mission to make a difference. 

If we can change minds, we can change the world.