Monday, March 03, 2008

Sad news...

Another hero of mine has passed away.

Blind Canadian rock musician Jeff Healey has died in a Toronto hospital aged 41 from a rare form of cancer, his publicist has said.

Healey, famed for playing his electric guitar flat on his lap, died of retinoblastoma which claimed his sight when he was a one-year-old-child.

His 1988 album See The Light was nominated for a Grammy award and sold one million copies in the US. Healey's latest album was due to be released in Canada on Monday.

His publicist Richard Flohil told broadcaster CTV: "Jeff was an intriguing player to watch, because he played guitar - by any conventional standard - all wrong, with it flat across his lap."
"But he was a remarkable, a virtuoso player," he added.
Colin Bray, a member of Healey's band who was at his bedside when he died, said: "I don't think any of us thought this was going to happen.
"We just thought he was going to bounce back like he always does."
Healey played with blues legend BB King and recorded with Mark Knopfler and the late George Harrison. He was also a lover of jazz, and hosted radio shows in Canada where he would play music from his record collection, which numbered more than 30,000. Last year, he underwent cancer surgery on his lungs and legs and had chemotherapy.

The musician is survived by his wife Christie and two children

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