RIP Chris Whitley

Published: 2005-11-23
This past Sunday, singer-songwriter Chris Whitley passed away after a battle with lung cancer. Whitley was 45 years old.

Though he wasn't a mainstream artist, Whitley had gained critical praise as well as the following of a small but loyal fan base. This fall the singer cancelled tour dates due to his illness and was staying at a hospice. He is survived by his brother Daniel, his daughter Trixie, and his girlfriend Susann, whom he was planning to marry.

On Whitley's official website, Trixie and Daniel have left messages for his fans. "I hope you all will mourn my brother's death but more important celebrate his life as Chris was all about life and living," Daniel says. "I started the celebration by cranking up Dirt Floor [Chris's 1998 album] in his honor...crying still."

A new Chris Whitley album, Reiter In, will be released in vinyl in December and on CD in the new year.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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