Levon Helm is sadly in the final stages of his battle with cancer, his wife making the news public via an open letter posted on the legend's site. Helm of course is known for his work both as a vocalist and drummer for The Band and has become synonymous with genres ranging from R n' B and country to soul and blues. He also turned his hand to acting during his career, appearing in films such as the 'Coal Miner's Daughter' alongside Tommy Lee Jones and 'Staying Together.'
A letter posted on the website of Helm from his wife Sandy and daughter Amy read "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey." It continued, "Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage... We appreciate all the love and support and concern."