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The Band’s Levon Helm Reaching ‘Final Stages’ Of Cancer Battle

Family Posts Message On His Site

April 17, 2012  |  4:39pm
The Band’s Levon Helm Reaching ‘Final Stages’ Of Cancer Battle

Update: Robbie Robertson released a full statement regarding his late bandmate through his Facebook page. You can read it below.

Levon Helm’s daughter and wife just posted a sad message on his site stating he is in the “final stages of his battle with cancer.” The drummer for the classic rock group The Band has been fighting the disease on and off since in the late 1990s when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

The official statement read:

Dear Friends,

Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. 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…

We appreciate all the love and support and concern.

From his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy

Helm recently cancelled a series of upcoming performances, including a show at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Paste will continue to post more updates as they become available.

Robertson’s Statement
Last week I was shocked and so saddened to hear that my old band mate, Levon, was in the final stages of his battle with cancer. It hit me really hard because I thought he had beaten throat cancer and had no idea that he was this ill. I spoke with his family and made arrangements to go and see him.

On Sunday I went to New York and visited him in the hospital. I sat with Levon for a good while, and thought of the incredible and beautiful times we had together. It was heartwarming to be greeted by his lovely daughter Amy, whom I have known since she was born. Amy’s mother, Libby Titus, and her husband, Donald Fagen, were so kind to help walk me through this terrible time of sadness. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Sandy.

Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever.

Robbie Robertson

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