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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.
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=(

i haven't heard his stuff, but i do use his custom set DR strings.
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#6
I don't want to be a dick but there was already a thread about this


Not a fan but it's a shame to see anybody lose a battle with cancer. RIP


Edit: Maybe there wasn't another one, I thought I saw one. Oh well
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#7
Yeah, i found out a while ago.

Just heard his stuff, and he was damn good.
Sucks that he's gone RIP

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I don't want to be a dick but there was already a thread about this


Not a fan but it's a shame to see anybody lose a battle with cancer. RIP

Yeah, but well, he fought 41 years against it. And that's not a shame, he gave his fight!
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I don't want to be a dick but there was already a thread about this


Not a fan but it's a shame to see anybody lose a battle with cancer. RIP


Edit: Maybe there wasn't another one, I thought I saw one. Oh well



I put up the original threads.....but i got suggestions from some of his fans on this site to spread the word to the pit because this is where everyone views everything
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#10
Aww man, he was great, to be blind and play guitar is one thing.. to fight cancer for 40 years is just amazing. R.I.P.
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#14
I remember the first time I heard of him, when his band played in that horrible, awesome movie Roadhouse. I was hooked from then on out.
He was a talented dude. No doubts there.
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#15
I just told my parents, and I actually thought they were going to cry, even my dad is completely silent now, it's a shame to see someone so talented pass away.
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#17
Rip
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#18
http://youtube.com/watch?v=XqU9RZqvFKY&feature=related

I hadn't heard him until recently, but he was an amazing guitar player, here is a great video, shows just how awesome the guy was.

41 is much too young
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#20
One of the best blues players ever -- sighted or non sighted. Genius standard. RIP.
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#22
Ouch man, major respect for him. He was an amazing guitarist, blind or not. Rip.

EDIT: To you above me, not funny, the man JUST died.
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What? why would you say that? What if i came to your house and gouged out your eyes? he suffered for a long time, but he made the best of it. I bet you wouldn't laugh at yourself after that...

RIP Jeff
#26
Seriously? ****, I dind't know that. That's a real shame. Damn, he was a good guitarist.
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#27
I screamed " WHAT?" so loud that my whole family came up to my room to see what was wrong.

RIP, Jeff Healey, one of the most talented and underrated guitarists of all time.
#28
That sucks, he was a good guitarist. Shame he fought for so long to have it kill him in the end, I also use his strings.
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#31
he was great, i saw him live when i was like, 8 years old, it was my first rock concert. fantastic musician.
#32
http://youtube.com/watch?v=rBBCJ68mC4c&feature=related

If you're not man enough to watch the whole thing, AT LEAST watch the outro solo form 4:30 onward.

Jesus Christ, I have perfect vision and I'd be lucky to be able to play like that!

R.I.P Jeff, the world's lost both a legendary Bluesman and a Canadian icon

You'll be sorely missed
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#33
My teacher for my guitar class was telling us that the teacher before him's sister was married to Jeff. He also told us that he got to pass on a few of his own recordings for Jeff to listen to.
#34
Due to his blindness, Healey taught himself to play guitar by laying the instrument across his lap.

thats pretty god damn impressive
#35
Holy ****.
He will be greatly messed, especially in the Toronto jazz community. Shoot, I'm glad I've had the opportunity to see him play before this happened.

R.I.P Healey.
#36
Jeff Healey is a god, shame that he died, but impressive that he fought cancer and became an amazing guitarist aswell.

R.I.P.
#37
Canada, especially Toronto just lost a one of its most inspirational and talented musician

this is a sad day, im just glad i saw man live before he passed

R.I.P Mr. Healey
#38
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