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DevilsDance76
03-02-2008, 10:04 PM
Mar 02, 2008 08:28 PM
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Canadian rock and jazz musician Jeff Healey died Sunday in a Toronto hospital after a battle with cancer, his publicist said.

He was 41.

Healey's battle with cancer began at age one when he lost his sight due to Retinoblastoma, a rare form of retinal cancer.

Due to his blindness, Healey taught himself to play guitar by laying the instrument across his lap.

His unique playing style, combined with his blues-oriented vocals, earned him a reputation as a teenage musical prodigy. He shared stages with George Harrison, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

But Healey's true love was jazz, the genre that dominated his three most recent albums.

His death came weeks before the release of his first rock album in eight years.

Mess of Blues is slated for a North American release on April 22.

Much of Healey's commercial success came as the frontman for the Jeff Healey Band, a Juno-winning act that achieved platinum record sales in the United States with the 1988 record See the Light.

Despite deteriorating record sales in the 1990's, Healey kept busy with radio shows on the CBC and a local Toronto jazz station where he spun long-forgotten classics from his personal collection of more than 30,000 vinyl records.

The Grammy-nominated musician is survived by his wife Christie and two children.

redwing91007
03-02-2008, 10:09 PM
Rip Jeff! We Will Never Forget You!

khalilizad
03-02-2008, 10:13 PM
a great musician who left us way too early. rip jeff healey.

Carswell98
03-02-2008, 10:25 PM
:sad:

He was an amazing guitarist

too young, far too young

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rBBCJ68mC4c

Dimebag22
03-02-2008, 11:34 PM
Are you fucking kidding me? :sad: That sucks so much. I was just listening to him today and saying to myself how much of a beast he was on guitar. This is so sad.

Axegrinder#9
03-03-2008, 12:34 AM
wow. I've actually been meaning to get into him for a while now - I've never really had the chance to listen to any of his stuff. I remember being told that he was a monster guitar player.

Pabli7o
03-03-2008, 12:42 AM
:sad:

He was an amazing guitarist

too young, far too young

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rBBCJ68mC4c

I was just going to post it.

Wow what a musician.

ggiles
03-03-2008, 10:43 AM
Just shocked!! Every body likes to list the greatest guitar players ... Page, Clapton, SRV, Hendrix ... etc ...

Healey has always been at the top of the list for me. He was discovered by SRV in Toronto and if you do a quick search on youtube you can see him playing with SRV .. holding his own.

Play on Jeff!! Thanks for sharing your wicked skills with us!

bmcmillin
03-03-2008, 11:48 AM
My prayers are with his family and friends.

"The light that burns twice as bright, lasts half as long"

He will be missed. I have never seen anyone play a strat across his lap and absolutely jam! He was one of a kind!

nightraven
03-03-2008, 11:56 AM
r.i.p.

although i haven't heard him before it's always depressing when a contemporary musician dies so young.

ze monsta
03-03-2008, 03:04 PM
My brother showed me him when I was like 8...he was awesome.

RIP.

Encore_God
03-03-2008, 04:08 PM
I was very sad to hear about this. Gutted I missed the opportunity to see him when he played here now. A fantastic guitarist with a great voice. He'll be missed.

gopherthegreat
03-03-2008, 05:53 PM
im not into him so much, but he was a great guitarist. R.I.P.

dr_john
03-03-2008, 06:31 PM
this is so sad. Words fail me.

Rip.

johnny_tapia
03-05-2008, 10:21 AM
This is very sad.

RIP :sad:

ColdGin
03-07-2008, 02:37 PM
An amazing guitar player to watch performing.
He's been through a lot of physical suffering these past years.
RIP Jeff.