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Jeff Healey dies at 41

Filed under: Guitar-Antics,Music News — rat March 4, 2008 @ 5:27 am

Sad news came to me today. Blind guitar wizard Jeff Healey of Toronto died Sunday of cancer. He was 41. Arguably one of the most distinctive jazz and blues rock guitar players of our time has left our midst to join that all star band in the great hall of fame in the sky. Healey had battled with cancer since the age of one when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight. Healey had undergone numerous operations in recent years to remove tumours from his lungs and leg. This comes on the eve of the release of a brand new blues rock album “Mess of Blues”. He started to play guitar when he was three, holding the instrument unconventionally across his lap. He formed his first band at 17, but soon formed a trio which was named the Jeff Healey Band. I have enjoyed his playing ever since. He will be sorely missed by this fellow guitarist. This spikes my awareness to cancer, something we all try not to think about as we hope it wont happen to us or anyone we know but after my dad’s recent bout with throat cancer I am all too aware of it and it seems every day we read about another victim claimed by this dreaded killer. Healey died Sunday evening in a Toronto hospital surrounded by family and a bandmate, Colin Bray. May he rest in peace.

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