Levon Helm Dead After Cancer Battle

Videos Highlighting The Latest Search Trends.
April 19 2012 4:30 PM

Levon Helm Dead After Cancer Battle

UPDATE: Levon Helm is reportedly dead, after a battle with throat cancer. He was 71. Helm had been hospitalized at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The musician was reportedly surrounded by friends and family as he passed away around 1:30 p.m..

Original post April 18, 608 p.m.: Fans and musicians around the globe are sending positive vibes toward The Band’s Levon Helm, after his family announced via the legendary drummer’s website that he was losing a battle to cancer.

Advertisement

Helm—whose no-trappings tenor can be heard on some of The Band’s biggest hits, like “The Weight” and “Up On Cripple Creek”—was first diagnosed with throat cancer a decade ago, for which he went under intensive radiation treatments. But the musician continued to perform, host events and record bands at his studio in Woodstock, N.Y..

He also appeared in films over the years, including The Right Stuff and Coal Miner’s Daughter, playing the father of country music star Loretta Lynn.

A message from Helm’s family said “Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.” Many fans are doing just that on Twitter today, by sharing links to clips of his music.  

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Moneybox
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Outward
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?