Levon Helm, co-founder of The Band, dead at 71
Levon Helm performs with The Band at the Fillmore East in New York in May 1969. On the right is Robbie Robertson.
April 19th, 2012
03:52 PM ET

Levon Helm, co-founder of The Band, dead at 71

Levon Helm, the drummer, multi-instrumentalist and singer for The Band who kept the band's heart for more than three decades, died "peacefully" Thursday afternoon, according to his record label, Vanguard Records. He was 71.

"He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul," the record label's statement said.

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  1. Special K

    Under the Obama admin welfare spending has risen a whopping A. That's one way to secure votes.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    This is sad...just listened to Take A Load Off, Annie on our road trip. RIP.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Raven, I hear you, hope the road trip is going well. During my afternoon return drive, I cranked up the stereo and listened to The Weight. Kept me company on a desolute stretch of the Interstate.

      April 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. social network

    Rest in peace sir.

    April 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. portland tony

    An other one bit the dust...RIP Levon...Best band ever!

    April 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. **cosmicVox *

    ... R.I.P., good buddy. Just watched Easy Rider not too long ago. Thanks for the Memories. 😦

    April 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    My sympathy to his family.
    RIP, Levon.

    April 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sofa King

    What band?

    April 19, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. toocy

    The Band was so good they were simply called "The Band". Love, love love 'The Last Waltz'. RIP Levon. You are missed.

    April 20, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |