Sly Stone, the singer-songwriter heralded as one of the most important figures in soul music history, is homeless and living in a campervan in Los Angeles. Despite his fall from grace, the 68-year-old insists he is happy to keep moving and has come under the care of a retired couple, reports the New York Post.
Credited with writing some of the biggest soul and funk hits of the 20th century, Sly previously enjoyed the luxury of a four-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills and then a "compound" in Napa Valley that included its own vineyard. However, financial mismanagement and substance abuse has seen the songwriter on the streets with only a campervan to his name. Despite his situation, Stone remains optimistic, saying, "I like my small camper. I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving". The singer explained how a retired couple makes sure he eats every day, while also allowing him to use their shower. His band, Sly & The Family Stone, created their own unique brand of soul, funk, rock and psychedelica and are still regarded as one of the most influential acts of their generation.
Stone released his last album 'I'm Back! Family & Friends' in August 2011 - his first album since the 1982 record 'Ain't But The One Way'. The album featured collaborations with Jeff Beck and BOOTSY COLLINS.