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Sly Stone Is Homeless in Los Angeles

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Troubled funk legend Sly Stone has been living out of a white van
in Los Angeles following a long downward spiral of drug abuse and
financial mismanagement. "I like my small camper," Stone told the New York Post. "I just do not want to return to a fixed home. I cannot stand being in one place. I must keep moving."

Stone,
68, is typically parked on a residential street in Crenshaw, a rough
neighborhood in the city that is best known as the setting for Boyz N the Hood.
A retired couple in the area provide the singer with food and a
restroom, and their son serves as his assistant and driver. Despite his
circumstances, Stone still works on music and records new material on a
laptop computer. He recently released his first album in two decades, I'm Back - Friends & Family.

Photos: Random Notes

Stone,
who sold his music publishing rights to Michael Jackson in 1984 for a
reported $1 million, was forced out of his Napa Valley house in 2009
when he stopped getting royalty payments as the result of a conflict
with his former manager Jerry Goldstein, who he has accused of fraud and
embezzlement. A lawsuit against Goldstein is pending.

Earlier this year, Stone pleaded not guilty to possessing cocaine when his van was pulled over for a minor traffic violation in Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images 

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