Levon Helm in "final stages of his battle with cancer," says family

Levon Helm in "final stages of his battle with cancer," says family

According to a post on his official website, drummer Levon Helm of The Band "is in the final stages of his battle with cancer," and his family is asking for fans to send "your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey." Helm was first diagnosed with throat cancer in the late '90s, and treatment initially crippled his legendary vocals. But by the mid-'00s, Helm was back performing and recording with his voice nearly at full-strength. Anyone who's been lucky enough to see him in recent years can testify to the renewed power of his singing and drumming. Helm is set to turn 72 next month. [via levonhelm.com]