Blind guitarist Jeff Healey, March 2 Blind rock and jazz musician Jeff Healey died of cancer on Sunday, March 2, 2008, in a Toronto hospital. He was 41. The Grammy-nominated Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that gained international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album "See the Light." The album included the hit single Angel Eyes. Healey had battled cancer since age 1, when a rare form of retinal cancer known as Retinoblastoma claimed his eyesight. Due to his blindness, Healey taught himself to play guitar by laying the instrument across his lap. He later shared stages with George Harrison, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan and played a role as a blind guitarist opposite Patrick Swayze in the movie Road House.
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