R.I.P. The Band’s Levon Helm
Legendary Drummer and Singer Loses Battle to Cancer at 71
Levon Helm, drummer and multi-instrumentalist with a career in music that spanned over five decades, died on Thursday due to complications to cancer. He was 71.
On Tuesday, his wife and daughter posted a message on Helm's website stating he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer." He died two days later, on April 19, 2012 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Helm performed with The Band throughout the '70s and '80s, playing drums, mandolin, guitar, and occasionally singing lead. He's also performed with Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan, among others.
Helm's last record, Ramble at the Ryman, was released in 2011 and won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Americana Album.