Death of an Enfant Terrible
Among the more interesting obits in the news today is that of Dash Snow, a star-crossed artist who died of a drug overdose at age 27 in a New York hotel room. A New York Times article reported that detectives found the following items in his room: an empty can of Amstel Light, an empty can of Heineken, an empty bottle of Bacardi rum, three used syringes and 13 glassine envelopes emptied of heroine.
"It was a gruesome end -- a pathetic end -- for an artist and provocateur who, at least according to his birthright, never should have been there to begin with," the Times noted. "Dash Snow was, in no particular order, a jokester, a jaibird, a thief, a freak, a successful art-brut savage, a doting father, a connoisseur of various cocaine bathrooms, a retired writer of graffiti and the latest incarnation of that timeless New York species, the downtown Baudelaire."
He also was the scion of the famous de Menil family. His great-grandmother Dominique de Menil was heiress to the Schlumberger oil fortune and a major art collector. His mother, Taya Thurman, is Hollywood actress Uma Thurman's half sister.
Whether young Mr. Snow was a serious artist or an absurd poseur remains an open question. His works included "Hamster's Nest," 2,000 shredded phone books destroyed over five nights.
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