Thursday, March 26, 2009
– Roots rocker Duane Jarvis, also a member of the West Coast country community, is in hospice after a 16-month battle with colon cancer, the Los Angeles Times said Wednesday.
Jarvis played with Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Dwight Yoakam and Dave Alvin. He also released several albums, including "Far From Perfect" in 1998, "Combo Platter" in 1999 and "Certified Miracle" in 2001.
"It's been a tough fight, but Duane has faced it with tremendous grace, never losing his sense of humor or his positive outlook on life," his brother Kevin wrote in a note to family members, friends and fans, according to the Times. "His music has kept him going and us entertained. In the past five months alone Duane has endured two major surgeries, three rounds of chemo, numerous trips to the ER,and many weeks in the hospital.
"Unfortunately, Duane's cancer has now reached terminal status, and he will no longer be seeking curative treatment," Kevin Jarvis said. "He has recently moved into an apartment near his beloved ocean in Marina Del Rey where he is under the care of loved ones and Providence TrinityCare Hospice."
"The love surrounding Duane grows stronger with each contribution, good wish, prayer, song," his brother added, "and Duane is grateful beyond words."
A fund was set up to help cover the costs. Donations can be sent to the Pray for Tomorrow Fund, 2554 Lincoln Blvd., No. 1010, Venice, CA 90291.