2003_9_johnnycash912.jpgThe Man in Black, Johnny Cash, died today, at age 71, from diabetes-related complications. Cash was one of the first popular musicians of this century to live hard, play hard, and sing about it. His long and storied career recently took a turn into the twilight, culminating with his cover and video of Hurt, which many called Johnny's farewell, as his voice ached and the images summoned up the highlights of his life and career.

Updated: Stephen Holden's obituary of Cash.

June Carter Cash died earlier this year. Johnny made it to the funeral. Many remark how her loss probably contributed to his death, as they were collaborators in life and work.

Johnny Cash's CDs on Amazon and his autobiography, Cash.

Gothamist on Johnny Cash's video of Hurt.