He died on Christmas Day, having intentionally taken an overdose. He was in debt due to ongoing medical costs and risked losing his home (1).
Gotta love that American healthcare system.
Here's a taster (2):
1 - "Vic Chesnutt: Singer and songwriter whose work tackled issues of mortality," by Pierre Perrone, published in The Independent, 31st of December, 2009. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/vic-chesnutt-singer-and-songwriter-whose-work-tackled-issues-of-mortality-1853708.html)
2 - "The Fox and Little Vic," performed by Vic Chesnutt, with T. Griffin & Catharine McRae. Filmed & Recorded at Shiny Little Studios, Brooklyn, NY 2002. From "Benjamin Smoke," directed by Jem Cohen. Posted on You tube by billgarm, 4th of May, 2008. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccy9e6FffzI)