Musical Legend Passes Away for Unknown Reason, Fans in Mourning

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May 30, 2019May 30, 2019

Musical legend Leon Redbone has passed away. He died while in hospice care in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

The artist was known for his anachronistic music that felt like it was from another time. He rose to prominence as a performer on Toronto's folk circuit in the early '70s, reported NPR.

Redbone's family confirmed his death through a publicist. They did not give a cause of death.

The singer's age was a subject of speculation for decades. Bob Dylan speculated on it in 1974. The news release announcing Redbone's age was cited as 127.

Redbone was a man out of his time. He played classics like ragtime, blues, and country in a time when people were innovating. He had commercial success, according to the Billboard charts, in 1977 when the album "Double Time" reached the top 50.

After that, Redbone remained a cultural presence for decades. He appeared as "Leon the Snowman" in the classic Christmas film Elf in 2003.

In 2015, Redbone announced his retirement from touring. His rep cited concerns about Redbone's health as the reason.

After news of his passing broke, people took to Twitter to mourn him. They also remembered his unique style of music. 

Please pray for his family as they mourn his passing. May God give them comfort and peace.