R.I.P., Jeff Healey!


The music world is waking up this morning, to the tragic loss of one it’s greats Sunday night.

Guitar wizard Norman Jeff Healey of Toronto died Sunday of cancer. He was 41.
Healey was considered a prodigy and earned numerous Juno and Grammy nominations in the course of his career.
He lost both his eyes to retinoblastoma before he was eight-months-old, but never let that slow him down.

Early last year, Healey underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissue from his legs, and later from both lungs; aggressive radiation treatments and chemotherapy failed to halt the spread of the disease.
Healey – who was adopted as an infant and didn’t have any information about his birth parents – said in an interview with the Citizen in July 2005 that he didn’t know if he inherited the illness or developed it due to external factors.
“I do not regret the situation I am in at all,” he said.
While his daughter, Rachel, didn’t inherit the form of retinoblastoma Healey had, his son wasn’t so lucky. Amniotic fluid showed that the now three-year-old Derek carried the mutation.
It also wasn’t until 2005 that Healey learned that he and his son were at risk for secondary cancers.
“I used to believe that once they had removed my eyes, that was the end of the story,” Healey said. “I understand now that having this (mutation) in my blood, this won’t be my last encounter with cancer.”

Healey is survived by his children, Rachel and Derek, as well as his wife, Cristie, father and stepmother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda. Funeral arrangements are still being made.

His website said Sunday that he died with his wife, Cristie, at his bedside in Toronto’s St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Source.

Jeff Healey, died far too soon, and he will be missed.
A tribute video, “I See The Light” for this occasion seems fitting in more than one way, as this album title earned him a Grammy nomination in 1988.

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  2. […] no2liberals had an interesting blog post (RIP, Jeff Healey!).Here’s a small excerpt:Healey – who was adopted as an infant and didn’t have any information about his birth parents – said in an interview with the Citizen in July 2005 that he didn’t know if he inherited the illness or developed it due to external factors. … […]

  3. Dang. Just dang.
    I just put “Angel Eyes” in the vodpod last week.
    Roadhouse fans, and blues fans lost a big one

  4. Such a sad, yet uplifting, story.
    A very talented man, and a gentle soul. His newest album is to be released in a few weeks. Bet that sucker goes plat in one day.
    I sure feel for his young family.

  5. Awwwww, damn.

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