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Old 03-02-2008, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Jeff Healy dies at 41
Canadian rock and jazz musician Jeff Healey has died in a Toronto hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was 41.

Healy's publicist confirmed that the distinctive guitar player died at St Joesph's hospital on Sunday.

Healy's battle with cancer began at the age of one, when he lost his sight as a result of retino blastoma, a rare form of cancer. Losing his eyesight resulted in his unusual form of guitar playing, holding the instrument across his lap, something he started at the age of three.

Healey was an internationally-known star who had played with dozens of musicians, including B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and recorded with George Harrison. Mark Knopfler and the late blues legend, Jimmy Rogers.

Healy's death comes just weeks before the release of his first rock album in eight years

The Grammy-nominated musician is survived by his wife Christie and two children.
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