On Tuesday came word that the Band’s Levon Helm was in the final stages of throat cancer. Today, sadly, Hudson Valley newspaper the Times Herald reports that Helm died this afternoon at Sloan-Kettering. You can read New York’s 2007 profile of the “coolest singing drummer of all time” here. Helm was 71.
Singer/Songwriter Levon Helm (Levon Helm Band) performs at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images