Family: Levon Helm Near Death
April 17, 2012 at 3:01 PM (PT)
The wife and daughter of LEVON HELM, the drummer/singer of the legendary group THE BAND, posted a note on his website that the 71-year-old is in "the final stages of his battle with cancer." HELM originally was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late '90s, the WASHINGTON POST reports. It took many years of rehab for him to recover his voice.
"LEVON is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," the note said. "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."