Tuesday, April 17, 2012
– Levon Helm is near death, his family reported Monday.
Helm, who forged his own career as head of the Levon Helm Band after drumming for The Band, has been suffering from cancer.
"Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration...he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage..."
We appreciate all the love and support and concern.
From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy
Helm, 71, continued performing despite his cancer. In the 1990s, he suffered from throat cancer, but recovered from that and continued playing and singing. During the past few years, he sang far less in concert. His daughter, Amy, took many of the lead vocals. Last year, his live album "Ramble at the Ryman," won a Grammy for Best Americana Album.