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Published: 2016/08/16

Tom Constanten Recovering from Surgery Following Fall

Tom Constanten, former keyboardist for the Grateful Dead, is currently recovering after undergoing surgery following a hard fall taken last week in North Carolina.

In a relatively lighthearted post on his Facebook Constanten starts off by writing, “Fell down and broke my neck last Wednesday. Just like they warned me about as a kid.” He goes on to thank the staff and doctors at the hospital he was taken to and the woman who first noticed his fall.

Constanten, known as T.C., joined the Dead as keyboardist in 1967 and as a permanent member the following year before parting ways with the band in early 1970. He is the only surviving full-time keyboardist employed by the Dead.

“I get back to the house, and the first thing I’m aware of is a forest of wonderful friends near and far showing such unbelievably warm support,” Constanten writes in the note. “I’ve experienced it before and, even though I have no idea what I might have done to deserve it, I felt the lift and reassurance. There have been rough patches in my life these past fifteen years, and it’s helped me get through it. Many times I thought of checking out, but my heart won’t buy it. The attitude of gratitude is in full bloom in this garden.”

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