Music has lost another legend today. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell died in his sleep on November 13, according to his beloved wife. Leon was 74 years old.
Leon Russell, 74, died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, Tennessee in the early hours of November 13, his wife, Jan Bridges, has confirmed. The legendary rock icon, called “the master of space and time” during his heyday in the 1970s, had suffered from major health problems in the last few years of his life, though it’s unclear what exactly caused his death.
“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time,” Jan said in a statement on Leon’s website. “My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.”
He underwent surgery in 2010 to stop leaking brain fluid, and in July 2016, just months before his death, he suffered a heart attack. Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, as well as the Songwriting Hall of Fame for his incredible work in the music world. Leon worked behind the scenes as a gifted songwriter for years before recording his own music, and was revered for his phenomenal work. He wrote some of the greatest songs of a generation, like B.B. King‘s “Hummingbird”.
He may be best known for his beautiful song, “A Song For You”. The song was not only recorded by Leon, but by innumerable other artists: Joe Cocker, the Carpenters, the Temptations, Neil Diamond, Lou Rawls, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Willie Nelson. Just remember the words from “A Song For You” and think of Leon: “And when my life is over, remember when we were together. We were alone and I was singing this song to you.” Rest in peace, Leon. You will be missed.
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