Arthur Lee of Love Dead at 61
Arthur Lee, legendary frontman for the influential psych-rock band Love, has died. He was 61 years old.
As previously reported, Lee was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Several recent benefit concerts, including one at New York City’s Beacon Theater featuring Robert Plant, Yo La Tengo, and Ryan Adams, among others, raised money to help pay Lee’s medical expenses. Lee’s manager, Mark Linn, sent out the following email just minutes ago:
“Arthur Lee died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, a little after four in the afternoon Aug 3, 2006 with his wife Diane by his side. His death comes as a shock to me because Arthur had the uncanny ability to bounce back from everything, and leukemia was no exception. He was confident that he would be back on stage by the fall.
“When I visited with him recently, he was visibly moved by the stories and pictures from the NYC benefit concert. He was truly grateful for the outpouring of love from friends and fans all over the world since news of his illness became public. We watched the DVD of the great House of Blues concert from ’03, and he told me how much he appreciated [backing band] Baby Lemonade’s dedication to his music.
“Arthur always lived in the moment, and said what he thought when he thought it. I’ll miss his phone calls, and his long voice messages, but most of all I’ll miss Arthur playing Arthur’s music.”
So will we.