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Don Van Vliet, who became a rock legend as Captain Beefheart, died today from complications from multiple sclerosis in California. His passing was announced by the New York-based Michael Werner Gallery, which represented his work as a painter.
Don Van Vliet (pronounced /væn ˈvliːt/; born Don Glen Vliet, January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American musician and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart.