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Pianist and Singer Henry Butler Dies at 68

His nearly lifelong blindness didn’t stop him from becoming a modern master of New Orleans music

Pianist Henry Butler passed away on July 2, 2018 at the age of 69. (photo: Tim Ellis)

Henry Butler, the multifaceted New Orleans pianist and singer whose style encompassed several strains of jazz as well as elements of blues, pop, classical, funk, gospel, R&B, and Caribbean music, died yesterday (July 2) in New York. Butler, who was 68, had been battling end-stage cancer for more than a year.

An online fundraising campaign made it possible for Butler to travel to Germany for experimental treatments, but “his body just gave out,” his manager, Art Edelstein, said in a statement.

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