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Musician Mojo Nixon, whose song declared ‘Elvis is Everywhere,’ dies at age 66



CLEVELAND, Ohio — Mojo Nixon, a beloved and off-beat musician, actor and DJ who scored an underground hit with “Elvis is Everywhere,” died Wednesday at the age of 66 while participating on the Outlaw Country Cruise, reports say.

Nixon’s death was announced on his Facebook page, saying “Mojo has left the building.” He had performed Tuesday night on the cruise with his band, The Toad Toadliquors, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

“Mojo Nixon was full-tilt, wide-open, rock hard, root hog, corner on two wheels + on fire,” the post says. “Passing after a blazing show, a raging night, closing the bar, taking no prisoners + a good breakfast with bandmates and friends.

“A cardiac event on the Outlaw Country Cruise is about right … & that’s just how he did it.”

Nixon was born Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. on Aug. 2, 1957, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1979 before moving to San Diego in 1980.

Vulture reports that he recorded six albums with musician Skid Roper. In 1987, they had their biggest hit with “Elvis is Everywhere,” which was popular on MTV, Rolling Stone reports. They were known for their satirical songs, including “Burn Down the Malls,” “Jesus at McDonald’s,” and “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child.”

As a solo performer, Nixon released “Don Henley Must Die,” which was popular on alternative radio. Vulture reports that Henley also was a fan of the song.

“We are absolutely devastated,” Jeff Cuellar, CEO of Sixthman, which organized the Outlaw Country Cruise, tells Rolling Stone. “Our thoughts and hearts are with Mojo’s family and the Outlaw community.”

Nixon appeared in movies and also was a DJ on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel, known as “The Loon in the Afternoon,” Rolling Stone reports. His influence was wide and he was name-dropped in “Punk Rock Girl,” a hit by the Dead Milkmen.

“If we just lost Mojo Nixon then this world could use some fixin’,” comedian Patton Oswalt said in a post online.

“Oh man, this is a bummer,” comedian Frank Conniff said in a post online. “Mojo Nixon was a regular call-in guest on the @JohnFugelsang radio show when I was there. A fun, entertaining, hilarious blast of subversive energy every time. He will be missed. Rest In peace.”





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