Jeff Healey Dies at 41

Published: 2008-03-05
Arrangements for a private funeral service for renowned Canadian musician Jeff Healey have been finalized; however, details are not being disclosed as the family wishes to preserve its privacy. The guitarist and bandleader – whose music straddled different musical genres – passed away on Sunday, March 2.

"We would like to thank our family, friends and Jeff's fans for their condolences and kind thoughts at this most difficult time," said Cristie Healey. "Jeff's music touched many people on many different
levels. More importantly, in his personal life, Jeff was a loving husband and a committed family man, generous and kind, extremely down to earth, and a loyal friend. Jeff had a determination that he brought to all aspects of his life, and this was an inspiration to all that knew him. Now we need to say our goodbyes in private; however, we respect the public need to participate in celebrating Jeff's life and
music and we are planning a public memorial, with details to follow."

As a child, Jeff was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, retinoblastoma, which resulted in his loss of sight. As a result of early intervention, Jeff was able to enjoy 39 years free from cancer. Unfortunately, this form of cancer is hereditary and can predispose the carrier to other cancers later in life. With this in mind, in lieu of flowers, Jeff's family has asked that donations to Daisy's Eye Cancer Research Fund (to support their efforts to discover a cure) would be greatly appreciated.

This was a cause that Jeff had supported for many years, and for which he played numerous benefit performances. Donations may be made through the organization's website: Details for a public celebration of Jeff's life and music will be announced

Writer: Richard Flohil



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To the Healey family: Im sorry for your loss Jeff was a great guitarist and actor which I saw him in Roadhouse he was great his fans will miss him greatly.
Posted by: Anonymous on March 06, 2008
jeff was a musical genius a icon. no body will ever match his stle on the guitar. if thier is a guitar heaven then jeff just opened the front gates.God bless you
Posted by: Anonymous on March 07, 2008
I am at a loss for words on the passing of Mr. Jeff Healey.
HIs music soothed my soul many a nights and I loved all that he portrayed in his lyrics....
My deepest condolences to Mrs. Healey and his immediate and close family..
he WILL be greatly missed however, never forgotten
May God bless you in this time of sorrow
Posted by: Anonymous on March 07, 2008
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