Jeff Healey: Canadian jazz guitarist died at 41
Canadian jazz guitarist Jeff Healey, known for his blues-based rock and his distinctive playing style, was suffering from cancer for long time. He died in hospital at the age 41 on Sunday.
Healey, who was grievously affected by retino blastoma, a rare form of cancer that robbed him of his eyesight as a baby, first picked up the guitar when he was three years old.
With his trademark style of holding the instrument across his lap, Healey formed his first band at 17 and later gained fame for his trio, The Jeff Healey Band.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, the legendary jazz guitarist discovered Jeff Healey in a Toronto bar in 1982. Healey released a string of albums over the next 20 years, including the 1988 Grammy-nominated "See the light," with the hit single "Angel Eyes".
Healey had performed with a host of legends over his three-decade career, including B.B. King, George Harrison and Vaughan.
Healey was also the host of a long-running jazz radio show and owned the funky "Jeff Healey's Roadhouse," a Toronto-based bar in which he frequently recorded.
At the time of his death, he was about to release his first rock and blues recording in eight years, "Mess of Blues".
Healey leaves his wife Cristie and two children.