Monday, September 26, 2011

Legendary Sly Stone, Broke & Homeless

This story is sad but not surprising. It's the same old sad song- person becomes famous, parties hard, uses drugs, mismanages their funds and squanders the remaining money, ending up dead or homeless.

Such is the case with Sly Stone. Had I not been watching all those episodes of BET's Unsung this may have been some shocking news; unfortunately this happens all too often. I think young entertainers need to take heed from this brother's story. You can be on top of the world today and barely making it tomorrow.

Here's what the NYPOST reported:
"Today, Sly Stone -- one of the greatest figures in soul-music history -- is homeless, his fortune stolen by a lethal combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement.

He lays his head inside a white camper van ironically stamped with the words “Pleasure Way” on the side. The van is parked on a residential street in Crenshaw, the rough Los Angeles neighborhood where “Boyz n the Hood” was set.

A retired couple makes sure he eats once a day, and Stone showers at their house. The couple’s son serves as his assistant and driver.

Inside the van, the former mastermind of Sly & the Family Stone, now 68, continues to record music with the help of a laptop computer."
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