Sly Stone, the man behind rock’s first integrated, multi-gender band, is reportedly homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District.

Stone was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 for playing a pivotal role in the development of soul, funk, and psychedelic music. Despite his success, a combination of substance abuse, financial mismanagement and a “life of excess” have left him homeless, the New York Post reports:

Today, Sly Stone — one of the greatest figures in soul-music history — is homeless, his fortune stolen by a lethal combination of excess, substance abuse and financial mismanagement. He lays his head inside a white camper van ironically stamped with the words “Pleasure Way” on the side. The van is parked on a residential street in Crenshaw, the rough Los Angeles neighborhood where “Boyz n the Hood” was set. A retired couple makes sure he eats once a day, and Stone showers at their house. The couple’s son serves as his assistant and driver.

Inside the van, the former mastermind of Sly & the Family Stone, now 68, continues to record music with the help of a laptop computer.

“I like my small camper,” he says, his voice raspy with age and years of hard living. “I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving.”

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