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Funk legend Sly Stone living in camper van

By Guy Adams in Los Angeles

Sly Stone, the pioneering musician behind some of the greatest funk hits of the 1960s and 1970s, has joined the Everyday People he once sang about. He is homeless and living out of a camper van parked on the mean streets of south-central Los Angeles.

Five years after he was last seen in public, the singer has turned-up in Crenshaw, the neighbourhood made famous by the film Boyz n the Hood.

Financial mismanagement combined with decades of vigorous drug abuse has left him estranged from former colleagues and virtually penniless.

“I like my small camper,” he told the New York Post, which tracked him down to a residential street. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I must keep moving.”

Reports described Stone as dishevelled and suffering from paranoid delusions.

The downfall of a man whose success has brought tens of millions of dollars — thanks to such enduring hits as Family Affair, and Dance To The Music — reads like a cautionary tale of misspent celebrity.

As recently as 2009, Stone still earned a decent income from his back catalogue.

But a legal dispute with his former manager Jerry Goldstein, who he last year sued for £32m, has left him deep in the red.

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