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Levon Helm

Dead at 71

4/19/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Levon Helm has died after a long battle with throat cancer.
The Band
singer/drummer Levon Helm -- famous for hits like "The Weight" ("Take a load off Annie" ...) -- has died after a long battle with throat cancer.

Helm -- diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 90s -- passed away this afternoon in NYC, surrounded by his friends and bandmates.



Helm formed what would eventually become The Band with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson in 1964.

The group went by various names -- but didn't become the "The Band" until after they toured with Bob Dylan in 1965 and 1966 ... a reference to their back-up band history with various frontmen.

Helm has won 3 Grammys for his solo work in the last 4 years. In 2008, The Band received the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Helm is survived by his wife and daughter. He was 71.

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46.

cowgirl    

So sad. Great man, amazing band.

827 days ago
47.

kieran lane    

Levon you will be dearly missed.I spent many a night watching you perform.I will miss those days and will cherish the memories.Rest in peace

827 days ago
48.

dmsquare    

That was a fine tribute to Levon Helm. May he rest in peace.

827 days ago
49.

voiceofreason    

Young people need to expand their musical horizons!

827 days ago
50.

just because    

bruce jenner?

827 days ago
51.

CN    

In addition to being an iconic musician, Levon did some great acting in several movies. If you've never seen any, watch one - any of them - and you'll appreciate this talented man even more. RIP, Levon. Somebody asked "Who's next?" Robin Gibb.

827 days ago
52.

Gman    

"Put the spurs to her, Chuck." - Levon as Jack Ridley

827 days ago
53.

Chicago    

Don't report on things you know nothing about, tmz. If you can't do asimple google search for the correct lyrics, stick to your pop crap. As for the idiots who make stupid comments, stick with tmz--you deserve each other.

827 days ago
54.

wisey    

he kicked ass. RIP

827 days ago
55.

rodmo123    

Vai com Deus.

827 days ago
56.

Oldskool    

Hey ridley, got any Beemans?
I might have me a stick.
I think I see a plane with my name on it.
Now yur talkin!

826 days ago
57.

Carole McCarthy    

OHHHH!! NOOOO!!~Say IT Ain't So!!~LEVON HELM Will Be Missed!!~HE was an excellent Singer & Drummer from "The Band"!!~THIS Group ALLL Gave Back!! They Sang Songs Whereby ONE Would say "Gee Sooo That's Who Sang That SONG!!"!!~Best, Carolexo!!

826 days ago
58.

Mitt2012    

Mitt Romney 2012

826 days ago
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