The Band’s Levon Helm In ‘Final Stages’ Of Cancer Battle
First Published: April 18, 2012 11:12 AM EDT Credit:
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. -- Levon Helm, a former member of The Band, is in the final stages of his long battle with cancer.
A message posted Tuesday on the 71-year-old musician’s website by his family says “Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer.”
Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and the illness reduced his voice to a whisper. But he still continuedto sing on albums and at rollicking concerts at his Woodstock home.
Helm was a key member of The Band and lent his distinctive Southern voice to classics like “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”
Original members of The Band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
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