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Sly Stone was once one of the biggest names in soul music in the 1960s and 1970s. With his group Sly and the Family Stone, he crafted multiple genre-crossing hits including “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People,” among others.
Stone, 68, is now homeless and residing in a van that he parks in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, reports TMZ. A local couple helps to take care of Stone, making sure he eats and letting him shower in their house.
However, this wasn’t always the case for Stone. According to NYPost.com, he used to live in a mansion once belonging to John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas in Beverly Hills. Within the last four years, he lived in a large house in Napa Valley. Sadly, those days are over for the soul music legend.
“I like my small camper,” he says. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”
Most of Stone’s issues are connected to substance abuse and financial mismanagement. In a shortsighted financial decision in 1984, Stone sold the rights to his music to Michael Jackson for a mere $1 million. He is currently suing his former business manager for $50 million on the accusation of fraud, according to TMZ.
“My music is a format that will encourage you to have a song you won’t forget. That’s why I got so much money, that there are so many people around, and that’s why I am in court. Millions of dollars,” Stone said.
Stone continues to record music on a laptop in his van.