Chicago—The 13 year-long musical career of pop/blues singer/songwriter John Mayer was found unconscious and unresponsive in his room at The Drake Hotel yesterday morning around 8:30 am. Paramedics and firefighters responded to 911 calls but could not revive it. Mayer’s career was pronounced dead at 9:05 am.
The cause of the career’s demise is still under investigation, but to no one’s surprise, it appears to be self-inflicted, said Chicago Police Department officials.
The tumultuous career got its start in 1998 and often found itself in the media spotlight more for its love life and stupid comments to magazines, rather than its “talent.”
Following in the footsteps of so many gifted artists before it, Mayer’s career experienced and seemed to revel in idiocy and over the top comments about past girlfriends, fame and his sex life in magazines like Playboy and People.
Reaction from the music industry was one of resignation and sadness of a wasted talent. No one seemed to be all that shocked, and many were disappointed.
“Thirteen years. You’re still asking, ‘Why?”‘ said music critic and “VH1’s Behind the Music” producer Sunny Ambrose.
Columbia Records, the label that released Battle Studies, issued a statement saying, in part, “If you never had a chance to meet it and get to know his career and what it was all about, you’ve missed an unbelievable opportunity. It was a special talent, that career.”
Jennifer Love Hewitt, about whom Mayer wrote his 2001 hit “Your Body is a Wonderland” from the album Room For Squares, declined to comment on her relationship with Mayer’s career.
On her Facebook page, Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, who had a brief relationship with Mayer’s career herself and wrote her own song about it, “Dear John,” said she would be commenting later this afternoon about the death of Mayer’s career when she finishes writing and recording another song about it around lunchtime today.