Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born drummer and southern-nuanced singer of The Band who also acted in movies, died of cancer Thursday at the age of 71.
Helm’s family announced Tuesday that the musician, who was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, was “in the final stages of his battle with cancer” and asked for fans’ prayers “as he makes his way through this part of his journey.”
Helm died Thursday afternoon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, according to Larry Campbell, Helm’s longtime guitarist and band leader.
“As sad as this was, it was very peaceful,” he said.
The shitty part about getting old is seeing people die. Well, some people anyway.
If the rule of three works, Dick Clark is first and Levon second. Who will be the third?
This is an open thread.