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Candye Kane dies at 54; performer sang of self-acceptance even while battling cancer

Candye Kane dies at 54; performer sang of self-acceptance even while battling cancer

Candye Kane, an L.A.-raised blues, swing and roots-rock performer who preached self-acceptance and whose song "The Toughest Girl Alive" gained new meaning as she performed for years with cancer, died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

She had been ill with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer for about eight years. She was 54.

Dubbed an "East L.A. white homegirl" by The Times in the 1980s, Kane had been a high school dropout and phone-sex operator before emerging as a musician and recording more than a dozen albums. Her music earned an international following and championed LGBT people and others.

She cited Patsy Cline as an...

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