Sly Stone, the singer-songwriter regarded as one of the most important individuals in soul music history, has become homeless. The 68-year-old is living in a campervan currently parked in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Crenshaw, reports the New York Post.
Just four years ago, Stone resided in a Napa Valley house described as a "compound" because of its vast size. The property included a vineyard and multiple cars in the driveway. Before that, the singer lived in a four-bedroom mansion in Beverly Hills, once belonging to 'Mamas and Papas' star John Phillips. However, Stone's fortune was frittered away on a combination of "excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement". Despite his losses, the singer claims, "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". He insists a retired couple makes sure he eats every day, while also allowing him to use their shower. Despite years living as a recluse, Stone, real name Sylvester Stewart, was one of the most recognisable figures in the funk and soul scene of the 1960's and 1970's. His band, Sly & The Family Stone become one of the most influential acts of their generation and still continue to inspire contemporary artists.
After signing to Cleopatra Records, Sly Stone released 'I'm Back! Family & Friends' in August 2011 - his first album since the 1982 record 'Ain't But The One Way'. It featured re-recorded versions of 'Family Stone's' greatest hits.