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Sly Stone is Homeless and Living in a Van

Truth rating: 10

By Michael Lewittes

 

Sly Stone

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Sly Stone once had a mansion in Beverly Hills and a Napa Valley compound with tons of cars and a vineyard.

Now, the lead singer of the 1970s group, Sly and the Family Stone, which recorded the mega-hits “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People,” is homeless.

Stone sleeps these days in a white van parked on a rough street in Los Angeles. Thanks to the kindness of a retired couple, he gets at least one meal a day and a place to shower.

He tells the New York Post, “I like my small camper… I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

Over the years, Stone blew his money on cars and drugs, for which he was arrested a few times in the 1980s.

He also alleges that his manager, who he’s suing for $50 million, cheated him out of money and forced him into bad business deals.

In 1984, Stone also sold all his valuable music-publishing rights to Michael Jackson for just $1 million.

The once great singer, who still records tons of music on his laptop, now begs, “Tell everybody, please, to give me a job, play my music.”

 


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