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Published: 2012/04/17

An Official Statement from Levon Helm

Levon Helm’s studio has posted an official statement about the Band drummer’s health condition. As previously reported, Helm recently canceled a series of upcoming shows, including his birthday celebration and his high-profile appearance at JazzFest.

A note posted on Helm’s website reads:

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

The 71-year-old drummer/singer has battled cancer for a number of years. He also recently won his third consecutive Grammy Award.


There are 56 comments associated with this post

DrasticJasper April 17, 2012, 16:05:26

May God bless and keep you always Levon thanks for all the great music you are loved

Dave H. April 17, 2012, 16:07:32

God bless you Levon.

Becky West April 17, 2012, 16:13:02

May healing thoughts and wonderful memories sustain you all at this time. Levon, thanks for the rambles and sharing yourself with us. Peace to you.

Rusty Kriz April 17, 2012, 16:13:26

Levon, you have inspired countless lives with you musicianship and music. Many is the time your voice and drumming have carried me away to my happy place when I needed it most. You will always be prominent in my musical memories. Sending you the kindest vibes I can muster my friend!

BC April 17, 2012, 16:15:55

Most sincere thoughts, prayers and love to you, Levon. Thanks for the beautiful music and memories.

Troy Gallagher April 17, 2012, 16:17:45

Will be praying for Levon
and hope that everything works out for the best
and that he is up and singin again real soon

Aaron April 17, 2012, 16:18:37

Sending good vibes to Levon and his family. A truly talented, inspirational dude. He will be missed!

Chris Cook April 17, 2012, 16:19:22

You will be truly missed. One of the greatest gift givers of our time. A class act and great musician. He gave me many great moments and will continue to in the future.

ray vann April 17, 2012, 16:19:39

Blessings and kind wishes for Levon and his family. Levon, you gave so many of us memories to cherish for a lifetime. Thank you for all your great work and your monster effort to share your love and talent with the world. As my grandmother said about her favorite things; The Best.

Gary M April 17, 2012, 16:22:37

God bless you Levon Helm and may perpetual light shine upon you. Amen.

Prof April 17, 2012, 16:25:56

Thanks for the inspiration, the smiles and memories you will continue to make whenever and wherever your music is playing.

me April 17, 2012, 16:30:14

Levon, I can only say thank you for sharing your music with me… I was lucky enough to see you play a handful of times over the last 5 years… May peace be with you and your family…

Eric April 17, 2012, 16:30:52

Salt of the earth! May the four winds blow you safely home brother!

MC April 17, 2012, 16:37:46

Pure musician. Rats.

Chucky cheese string April 17, 2012, 16:47:12

You have brought musical joy to many people throughout the years. Go in peace, and thank you for everything.

Alan Reynolds April 17, 2012, 16:48:56

Thanks for the great music. The Weight was always a real favourite. You won’t be forgotten. Sendin out thoughts to the family.

Rebecca April 17, 2012, 16:50:57

All the love and blessings are with you. Thank you for
all the music you gave to us. Love and Peace be with
you Levon.

Bobby Crash April 17, 2012, 16:52:40

May The Lord be with you,
and with all his might,
keep all those great Guitar players
in Heaven,
from starting a fight,
For Great Drummers that sing,
Bring magic to everything ,
surely as the Sun will shine
Levon will Command
the Band of Bands
Forever in time

PM April 17, 2012, 17:03:50

Thanks for the music Levon

Daniel wafer April 17, 2012, 17:14:40

God speed Levon. Your beautiful music will echoe on forever.

Jane April 17, 2012, 17:24:24

We have been blessed for so many years with your talent and humanity. Tenfold blessings back to you and yours. Your music will live in our hearts forever…..

Doc Yoder April 17, 2012, 17:25:44

As a fan and throat cancer survivor myself, I appreciate both both your music and your struggle. Find peace.

Robin April 17, 2012, 17:30:46

While you’re still with us, thank you Levon! You have added a great deal of excellent music to my life! Good luck on your next journey…peace!

todd April 17, 2012, 17:37:18

So glad for these last years where so many got to experience Levon before he left us. The man put up a righteous fight and was a true warrior. Thanks for everything.

Sean April 17, 2012, 17:45:08

Peace & Love, Levon.

Mark April 17, 2012, 17:53:12

So glad I got to see Levon, in Concert, at the Greek Theatre a few years ago. We have been blessed by his joy in making music and his wonderful songs, voice, percussion and spirit. God Be with you till we meet again. Prayers for good journey and with his family and friends.

MICHAEL SILVESTRO April 17, 2012, 18:35:50


Ben April 17, 2012, 18:49:16

Some how thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough, this won’t be goodbye just see u round the bend.
Peace be with you!

Adrian April 17, 2012, 18:58:44

God bless you, Levon, and ‘take the load off and put it right on me…’ All our prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult transition.

Colin Kennific April 17, 2012, 19:04:22

Levon, when you sing I hear the voice of all the good things in America. Your voice has such soul, such depth: you sound like someone that sings the truth.

Daren Criswell April 17, 2012, 19:07:12

What a man, please take a moment to enjoy’s Levon’s version of Atlantic City from Mearlefest!

Adam April 17, 2012, 19:07:38

You have blessed us all with your music and your passion for spreading joy. Thank you.

Helena Ferreira April 17, 2012, 19:09:40

May your suffering end quickly. You will be missed but your music will live forever! Peace to you and your family, all the way from Portugal

Adam Putnam April 17, 2012, 19:17:03

God bless you Levon. May the 4 winds blow you safely home. Huge inspiration to me, I’m glad I was able to see you perform live.

Barbara J April 17, 2012, 19:24:12

Thank u Levon for ur music….I truly have appreciated it and always will….May God Bless u always….

Erock April 17, 2012, 19:34:51

You shall be released! Peace Levon

Sean April 17, 2012, 20:26:14

Thank you Levon. You are bound for glory sir.

alison akers April 17, 2012, 20:32:18

LIVE AT THE RYMAN—your music is forever.

Lance Gottlieb April 17, 2012, 20:32:18

Your music and spirit inspired the world….You and your music will live on forever.
Our prayers and best wishes to you and your beautiful family.
May you all find strength and courage.

lovejahlve April 17, 2012, 20:49:04

‘ think i’l go watch “Coalminers Daughter”...

Bruce M April 17, 2012, 21:09:41

Thank you Levon I feel nothing but joy when I hear you making music .

cosmicbein April 17, 2012, 21:13:20

Baby dont you do it, dont do it,dont you break my heart,please dont do it.Levon Helm is like Johnny Cash,they broke the mold.Thanks for all the moments Levon.You can smile knowing your music will live forever in all of us.Peace Be With You Brother

KB April 17, 2012, 21:18:04

We love you Levon. Thanks for so much great music. Sending positive vibrations your way on your journey.

Jesse April 17, 2012, 21:37:27

may God grant him a peaceful end and make his memory to be eternal!

Al April 17, 2012, 21:52:07

You can put the load right on me…peace, my brother and thanks for a lot of great music.

Jeffrey Reese April 17, 2012, 23:16:10

Levon once asked me who were my favorite drummers and I took a few seconds and looked him in the eyes and answered. Levon Helm of course. He humbly replied, good answer ! such a down to earth man. A real drummers,drummer.sending prayers to Levon and his family .

Grady R. April 17, 2012, 23:59:44

Thank you for sharing your music with us. You’re one of a kind. The music lives forever.

bCart April 18, 2012, 00:06:01

Thank you for all that you have given Levon. Sending thoughts for you and your family.

Carol April 18, 2012, 03:28:34

You are a year younger than I am. I hope yo make it through this and are able to spread ore joy in our lives. I am praying for you.

Frank April 18, 2012, 06:19:04

God bless you Levon. Thanks for all the love and great music you’ve given us.

TJ April 18, 2012, 08:40:00

Drum On!

Dave April 18, 2012, 09:02:45

Love you Levon…can not thank you enough for all the great music and memories. Forever in our hearts!

Ryan H. April 18, 2012, 09:14:38

You will be dearly missed, Levon. You were already a legend as a member of the Band but over these last few years you have left a great legacy of Americana. Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul

BH April 18, 2012, 09:32:32

Life is a carnival, believe it or not!

Rich Forbes April 18, 2012, 09:33:11

Lee – Thanks for everything! You’ve been a perpetual source of brightness throughout my life.
You are truly ` a man among men’. Your kindness and generosity know no boundries. Your music has always lifted me – made me laugh and made me cry…it will continue to do so… I’ll always remember the great times we shared since we first met in `85 in `The Big City’,
and all the times since. God bless you, and Rock On – My Friend!
My sincerest thoughts and prayers to Sandy and Amy…

Bill Wendt April 18, 2012, 13:12:13

Thank you,Levon for the many wonderful musical memories. You are a main part of the musical soundtrack of my,as well as others lives. Thoughts and prayers to you and those who care about you. God bless you.

branderson April 18, 2012, 21:23:41

God Bless. Your family will be in my thoughts. So thankful I got to see Levon play at Vibes last summer.
Such a musician of history. Love and Respect

Timmy April 19, 2012, 11:28:25

May love and peace be with you in these dark times Levon. May you have the strength to release all your negativty and transition into a peaceful place. May your loved ones always cherish the times spent with you. May your music live on for eternity in the hearts and minds of all. Peace.

Ty Livesay April 19, 2012, 16:53:42

Forever with the Angels Whispering I’ll be listening Thank You Levon

Tampa Rick April 26, 2012, 17:28:26

I don’t usually plagiarize condolences, but Chucky Cheese String said exactly what I wanted to say: “You have brought musical joy to many people throughout the years. Go in peace, and thank you for everything.”

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