Jeff Healey, 1966–2008
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Jeff Healey, 1966–2008

Jeff Healey, legendary Torontonian musician and owner of Jeff Healey’s Roundhouse on Blue Jays Way (and Healey’s at Queen and Bathurst prior to that), has died of cancer at only 41. The news, posted to his website earlier tonight, comes just under two months before the domestic release of Healey’s new album, Mess of Blues, recorded with what Healey called “the best damned bar band in Canada.” His website has plenty more information about his life and music. Funeral and memorial arrangements are forthcoming.
After an operation to remove cancerous tissue from both of his lungs in January of last year, Healey told the CBC: “I’ve had 40 good years; you get a bump every now and then.” Blinded from the age of one on, and continuing to tour across Canada and—he had planned—to Europe even as he got sick, Healey could always take his bumps better than most of us.