The Canadian Press
March 2, 2008 at 7:23 PM EST
TORONTO — Canadian rock musician Jeff Healey has died, according to his publicist.
His website says the 41-year-old succumbed the cancer that he had fought since birth and that claimed his eyesight at the age of one.
Healey's distinctive guitar playing style and Blues-influenced singing earned him a reputation as a musical prodigy while he was still in his teens.
He shared the stage with such rock luminaries as Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King.
He went on to front the Jeff Healey Band, an award-winning Canadian act that sold over a million albums in the United States.
Healy was 41, and leaves his wife, Cristie, daughter Rachel (13) and son Derek (three), as well as his father and step-mother, Bud and Rose Healey, and sisters Laura and Linda.
Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.