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Jeff Healey, the blues-rock guitar virtuoso whose lifelong blindness led him to create a unique way of playing the music he loved, died Sunday in Toronto, where he also was born. He was 41.

Healey died of cancer, a disease he had lived with his entire life. At age 1, he lost both eyes to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer. He was only three when he started playing guitar, strumming it as he sat in a chair with the instrument laid across his lap.

Healey's career took off in the '80s, when he acted and performed in the Patrick Swayze flick "Road House." An Arista Records executive was impressed, and the company signed Healey. In 1988, his first single "Angel Eyes" would become a big crossover hit. (Click video link above to listen)

His official website made the announcement of Jeff's death on Sunday, reporting that last year he underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissues from his legs and lungs. Aggressive treatment failed to halt the spread.

His newest album -- "Mess of Blues" -- is set for release on March 20.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:30pm]


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