Sunday, March 2, 2008

RIP Jeff Healey

Canadian Blues guitarist Jeff Healey has died on Sunday, March 2, after succumbing to a long battle with cancer.

The 41 year-old has battled cancer as early as age one, when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight. He recently underwent numerous surgeries to remove tumors from his leg and lungs.

A prodigious teenager, Healey garnered much attention from his unique guitar technique, which had him playing his guitar on his lap. Known for his rock and blues style and performing with such greats as BB King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Healey however, preferred playing jazz with his band Jazz Wizards, with whom he also played trumpet and drums.

Healey's love of jazz also led him to host radio shows on the CBC and local Toronto station JAZZ.FM91, where he spun rare jazz tracks from his personal collection of over 30,000 vinyl records.

Read the Canadian Press Obituary.

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