The public will have a chance to say goodbye to acclaimed Canadian musician Jeff Healey, who died Sunday at age 41 after a lifelong battle with cancer.
Healey’s widow released a statement Tuesday stating that while his funeral will be a private affair, a public memorial is being organized.
“We would like to thank our family, friends and Jeff’s fans for their condolences and kind thoughts at this most difficult time,” Cristie Healey said.
“Now we need to say our goodbyes in private; however, we respect the public need to participate in celebrating Jeff’s life and music and we are planning a public memorial, with details to follow.”
Meanwhile, tributes for the blues, rock and jazz musician have been pouring in from around the world.
Bryan Adams called Healey “one of Canada’s greatest talents,” while friend and fellow musician Colin James remembered Healey’s “unworldly” musicality and unique way of playing guitar, with the instrument in his lap rather than standing up.
“It was amazing for any guitar player to see,” James said. “It was physically shocking to hear him play.”
Healey is survived by his widow and two children. His last album, “Mess of Blues,” will hit stores on April 22.