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Little Feat Drummer Richie Hayward passes Options
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:40:12 PM
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Little Feat drummer Ritchie Hayward passed away, August 12, after a year long struggle with liver cancer. He was 64 years old.

Born in 1946 in Clear Lake, Iowa, he moved to Los Angeles in 1968 and struggled to find work, eventually meeting Lowell George who was looking to form an original band and so began Little Feat, who’s infectious rhythms and soulful grooves were part of the American musical landscape until George eventually left the band and ultimately passed away suddenly in 1979.

Hayward and the rest of the surviving members regrouped and began to tour and record again until August 2009 when Ritchie was diagnosed with liver cancer. A resident of Canada, he had no medical insurance and so fellow musicians and fans held many fundraisers and donated to his mounting medical expenses.

On August 7 he was transferred to hospital and placed in an induced coma and passed away peacefully with his wife of only one year Shauna by his side. Little Feat is scheduled to start a European tour this week.

Respected by many as a musician, loved by more as a person, Ritchie Hayward’s contribution to the musical world will not only be measured by his playing but by his bravery and humility.

“Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal...Love leaves a memory that no one can steal"
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 6:39:31 PM
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Aw... so sad. I have very fond memories of Little Feat and they are leavin us one by one. RIP big dude.
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