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DevilsDance76
03-02-2008, 10:05 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.

PitLurker
03-02-2008, 10:09 PM
:( Too young.. RIP.

poopsmith666
03-02-2008, 10:09 PM
This belongs in the pit, so everyone might know of this

Chevylegend454
03-02-2008, 10:22 PM
I just started listening to his music, hoped he would tour so I could see him

poopsmith666
03-02-2008, 10:25 PM
I just started listening to his music, hoped he would tour so I could see him
you might be able to see him, but he won't be able to see you! Wait... he's dead.

too soon?

PitLurker
03-02-2008, 10:31 PM
you might be able to see him, but he won't be able to see you! Wait... he's dead.

too soon?

..Yes, way too soon.

poopsmith666
03-02-2008, 10:32 PM
..Yes, way too soon.
yeah, like an hour and a quarter after he died. Doesn't get much sooner than that

Thefallofman
03-03-2008, 08:04 AM
I just heard about this a minute ago... RIP. :( He was a great guitarist.

get-born
03-03-2008, 07:12 PM
you might be able to see him, but he won't be able to see you! Wait... he's dead.

too soon?

Asshole. The guy just ****ing died.

lukewhiteside
03-03-2008, 10:55 PM
He played in the Travleing Wilbureis
i was thinking of starting a thread

Sandman634
03-04-2008, 10:58 AM
That was ^Jeff Lynne(ELO). No matter.
You can't say enough about what a talented artist this guy was.
He will be missed.