Levon Helm, drummer for the The Band--the backup band for Bob Dylan, died Thursday afternoon at the age of 71. He had been fighting a battle with cancer.
According to a report from the Hollywood Gossip, Helm's drums and vocals as part of The Band were known for songs like Up On Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.
The first public word of Helm's cancer was divulged earlier this week on his website. His wife Sandy and their daughter posted a message letting fans know he was "in the final stages of his battle with cancer."
"Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," his rep said in a statement to the media. "He was surrounded by family, friends and fellow band members and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul."
It's sad whenever a music legend passes away. Music brings everyone back to specific times and places, and many people feel a connection with the singers and band members who made that music possible.
Levon Helm's wife and daughter have now posted a new message on his website.
"Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life 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," they wrote.
"We appreciate all the love and support and concern."
Condolences go out to Helm's family and to remaining members of The Band.
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