An undisclosed medical procedure forced Helm to cancel a three Midnight Ramble concerts in February. By April, family members posted a note on Helm's website saying "Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer."
"(He) has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance!" read the note from his daughter Amy, and wife Sandy. "He did it every time he took the stage..."
AP Writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Albany, N.Y.
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