NEW YORK (Reuters) – Drummer Levon Helm, a longtime member of The Band, died on Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71.
Helm, who also toured with Ringo Starr’s All Star band in the 1980s and won a 2011 Grammy Award, had canceled recent gigs due to his health.
“Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon,” Barbara O’Brien, Helm’s manager, said in a statement. “He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul.”
The drummer’s death came days after his wife Sandy and daughter Amy on April 17 posted a message on his official website saying that Helm “is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”
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