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Levon Helm has cancer


Matthew C. Clark

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No surprise, based on Robbie Robertson's comment about him at the R&R HoF induction last week.

Levon doesn't just have cancer - he's in the final stages at this point, and has little time left. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, and underwent massive radiation treatments, and then surgery, which robbed him of his voice. It eventually returned in 5-6 years, at which point he started recording again. Sadly, the tumor has returned.

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I know that not everyone here is a fan of the Band, but personally, I LOVED them. In my opinion, you'd be hard pressed to find a more diverse group of singers / musicians. They could play and sing in any style. Levon had a playing style that was so unique, and his voice gave those 'rootsy' songs the feel that no other singer could have given. Another wonderful singer / musician that will be missed.

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Per Levon's web site, he passed away peacefully today. Very sad, but he outlasted The Band's other singers, Richard Manuel (suicide at age 42), and Rick Danko (drug-related heart failure at 56). . . . a lot of tragedy associated with that bunch.

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Per Levon's web site, he passed away peacefully today. Very sad, but he outlasted The Band's other singers, Richard Manuel (suicide at age 42), and Rick Danko (drug-related heart failure at 56). . . . a lot of tragedy associated with that bunch.

When it came to drumming, Levon had an inimitable style. I loved watching him play and sing. A true original in every sense of the word.

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