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RIP Wild Man Fischer

Outsider musician and Smegma collaborator Larry 'Wild Man' Fischer has passed away from heart failure at the age of 66. Fischer developed schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as a teenager, and recorded a number of solo records. Fischer's manic peaks took the form of creative bursts of energy, which he called the "pep".

He played instruments, sang and wrote songs for Smegma, and the pair recorded an album together: Wild Man Fischer And Smegma Sing Popular Songs. He opened shows for Alice Cooper, The Byrds, Zappa and Solomon Burke, and busked on Sunset Strip. Fischer also collaborated with Frank Zappa, appearing on Zapped, although the pair eventually fell out with one another.

The New York Times reports that Fischer was committed to an assisted living facility in 2004. Josh Rubin, a filmmaker who made a documentary about Fischer, and used to speak to him around 20 times per day, said: “After he went to the facility, the phone calls just stopped. The pep was gone.”