Levon Helm Dies 71

April 19, 2012 by staff 

Levon Helm Dies 71, Award-winning singer and musician Levon Helm, who was drummer for The Band, the legendary group of ’70s rockers, has died in New York. He was 71.

Helm’s family revealed on Tuesday that the legendary drummer and vocalist was in the final stages of a long-running battle with cancer.

Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and the illness reduced his voice to a whisper. But he still continued to sing on albums and play at rollicking concerts at his Woodstock, N.Y., home.

Robbie Robertson, a former member of The Band who has been estranged from Helm, wrote that he went to see the musician when he heard of his illness. In an online posting Wednesday, Robertson said he recalled “the incredible and beautiful times we had together.”

The rock group The Band is shown during their farewell concert The Last Waltz at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco in this Nov. 25, 1976. From left are Rick Danko,v guitarist Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm.
“Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever,” Robertson said.

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