Canadian musicians who died due to Cancer

Here are 26 famous musicians from Canada died in Cancer:

John MacMurray

John MacMurray (December 30, 1958-August 20, 2006) was a Canadian trumpeter.

Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, MacMurray started playing the trumpet at the age of ten. He went on to study at several institutions including the University of Miami and the Manhattan School of Music.

MacMurray was an accomplished musician and played with numerous orchestras and jazz ensembles throughout his career. He was a member of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for many years and also performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his work in classical settings, MacMurray was also active in the jazz scene. He played with a number of jazz legends including Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Carter.

MacMurray was also a respected educator and taught at several institutions including the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

He passed away in 2006 at the age of 47 after a battle with cancer.

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Colleen Peterson

Colleen Peterson (November 14, 1950 Peterborough-October 9, 1996 Toronto) also known as Peterson, Colleen or Colleen Susan Peterson was a Canadian singer.

Genres related to her: Country and Folk music.

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Derek Lamb

Derek Lamb (June 20, 1936 Bromley-November 5, 2005 Poulsbo) also known as Derek Reginald Steven Lamb or Derek Reginald Lamb was a Canadian film director, screenwriter, film producer, animator and musician. His children are Richard Steven Lamb and Thomas Derek Lamb.

Derek Lamb is best known for his work on animated films, including his series of short films entitled "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello". He also worked on several television shows, including "The Kids in the Hall" and "Sesame Street". In addition to his work in film and television, Lamb was an accomplished musician, playing trumpet and harmonica. He often incorporated his music into his films, adding a unique touch to his creative works. Throughout his career, Lamb received numerous accolades for his contributions to the entertainment industry, including several awards from the Canadian Film and Television industry. Despite his success, Lamb remained humble, and was known for his kind and gentle nature both on and off set.

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Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly (September 17, 1936 Canada-February 10, 1989) was a Canadian , .

Dan Kelly was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 14 seasons from 1959 to 1973. He was born in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada and began his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kelly was later traded to the Boston Bruins, where he became an All-Star player and helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 1970. After retiring as a player, he worked as a coach and scout for various teams, including the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks. In 1991, Kelly was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Terry Carisse

Terry Carisse (July 11, 1942 Ottawa-May 22, 2005 Ottawa) a.k.a. Terrance Victor Carisse was a Canadian singer-songwriter.

Genres he performed include Country.

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Ruby Keeler

Ruby Keeler (August 25, 1910 Dartmouth-February 28, 1993 Rancho Mirage) a.k.a. Ethel Hilda Keeler was a Canadian singer, actor and dancer. She had one child, Al Jolson Jr..

Keeler was best known for her roles in musical films during the 1930s, particularly as the leading lady opposite Dick Powell in a string of successful Warner Brothers musicals such as "42nd Street" and "Footlight Parade". She also appeared in other films such as "Go Into Your Dance" and "Gold Diggers of 1933". Keeler was a talented tap dancer and her energetic and lively performances captivated audiences. Despite her success on the big screen, Keeler retired from acting in the 1940s and went on to raise a family with her husband, Al Jolson. In later years, she made occasional appearances on television and in stage musicals.

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Rosina Lawrence

Rosina Lawrence (December 30, 1912 Westboro, Ottawa-June 23, 1997 New York City) also known as Miss Lawrence or Miss Jones was a Canadian actor, dancer and singer.

She began her entertainment career in vaudeville at the age of six and later worked in radio before transitioning to film in the 1930s. Lawrence is perhaps best known for her role as Daisy Mae in the 1940 film adaptation of the comic strip "Li'l Abner." She also appeared in films such as "Buck Privates" and "Rhythm on the River." In addition to her film work, Lawrence continued her career in radio and performed on stage in Broadway productions. After retiring from acting, she ran a successful talent agency in New York City.

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Percy Faith

Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 Toronto-February 9, 1976 Encino) otherwise known as P. Faith, The Percy Faith Strings or Faith, Percy was a Canadian bandleader, composer and film score composer.

His albums: 16 Most Requested Songs, Camelot / My Fair Lady, Angel of the Morning / Black Magic Woman, Instrumental Favorites: A Time Life Collection, Viva! The Music of Mexico / The Music of Brazil!, The Ultimate Collection, More Themes For Young Lovers, Percy Faith Plays Music From South Pacific, Porgy and Bess / The Most Happy Fella and The Most Happy Fella.

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Michael Cuccione

Michael Cuccione (January 5, 1985 Burnaby-January 13, 2001 Vancouver) a.k.a. Jason McKnight, Q.T. McKnight or McKnight, Jason was a Canadian singer.

He became famous as a member of the boy band "2gether," which was created for an MTV television movie of the same name. Cuccione played the role of "Q.T. McKnight" in the movie and subsequently adopted the name as his stage name. The band released two albums and had a successful US tour before disbanding in 2001. Cuccione tragically passed away at the age of 16 due to complications from Hodgkin's disease, to which he had been diagnosed with at the age of 9. He left a lasting legacy through the Michael Cuccione Foundation, which raises funds for children's cancer research and supports other charitable causes.

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Tommy Douglas

Tommy Douglas (October 20, 1904 Falkirk-February 24, 1986 Ottawa) a.k.a. Thomas Clement Douglas or Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas was a Canadian politician and minister. He had two children, Shirley Douglas and Joan Douglas.

Douglas is often referred to as the "father of Medicare" due to his pioneering work in establishing Canada's publicly-funded healthcare system. In addition to his political career, Douglas was also a Baptist minister and a social democratic politician. He served as the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961, where he implemented a number of social programs aimed at improving the lives of ordinary citizens. He also served as the federal leader of the New Democratic Party from 1961 to 1971, and was responsible for introducing several groundbreaking policies at the national level, such as the Canada Pension Plan and the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. Douglas was widely respected for his commitment to social justice and his efforts to improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged. In 2004, he was voted "The Greatest Canadian" in a nationwide poll conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Richard Bell

Richard Bell (March 5, 1946 Toronto-June 15, 2007 Toronto) also known as Bell, Richard was a Canadian musician.

Genres: Rock music.

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Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey (March 25, 1966 Toronto-March 2, 2008 Toronto) also known as Norman Jeffrey Healey, Healey, Jeff or Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a Canadian musician, disc jockey, singer-songwriter, songwriter, actor and guitarist.

His albums include Mess of Blues, Songs From the Road, Last Call, Legacy: Volume One (The Singles), See the Light, Get Me Some, Feel This, Hell to Pay, Among Friends and It's Tight Like That. Genres: Jazz, Dixieland, Rock music, Blues, Hard rock and Blues rock.

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Moe Koffman

Moe Koffman (December 28, 1928 Toronto-March 28, 2001 Orangeville) also known as Koffman, Moe, Morris Koffman, Moe, Morris Koffman, OC, Morris "Moe" Koffman or Morris "Moe" Koffman, OC was a Canadian musician, composer, flutist, music arranger, music director, bandleader and multi-instrumentalist. He had three children, Herbie Koffman, Larry Koffman and Elie Koffman.

Discography: Music for the Night, The Best of Moe Koffman: Volume 1 & 2, Moe Koffman Project, Tales of Koffman, Moe's Curried Soul, Museum Pieces and Jungle Man. Genres related to him: Bebop and Jazz.

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Jerry Holland

Jerry Holland (February 23, 1955 Brockton-July 16, 2009) a.k.a. Holland, Jerry was a Canadian fiddler and songwriter.

Discography: Fiddler's Choice and The Fiddlesticks Collection.

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Carmen Lombardo

Carmen Lombardo (July 16, 1903 London-April 17, 1971) also known as Lombardo, Carmen was a Canadian film score composer.

During his career, Carmen Lombardo scored music for many films including the critically acclaimed The Sound and the Fury (1959). Apart from being a film composer, he was also a talented musician and singer. In the early 1930s, he formed his own musical group, The Royal Canadians, which achieved great success and became a leading dance band in North America. Lombardo was a versatile artist who wrote songs in a range of genres, from pop to jazz, and his works have been covered by several popular artists over the years. In addition to his musical career, Lombardo was also a successful football player and coached his hometown team in London, Ontario.

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Rob McConnell

Rob McConnell (February 14, 1935 London-May 1, 2010 Toronto) also known as McConnell, Rob, Robert Murray Gordon McConnell, Rob, Robert Murray Gordon "Rob" McConnell or Robert Murray Gordon "Rob" McConnell, OC was a Canadian trombonist, composer, music arranger, music teacher and music artist. His children are called Brian McConnell, Jennifer McConnell Vaandering and Robin McConnell.

His albums include Trio Sketches, Three for the Road, Mutual Street and So Very Rob - Boss Brass Revisited.

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Raymond Berthiaume

Raymond Berthiaume (May 9, 1931 Québec-June 23, 2009 Montreal) also known as Berthiaume, Raymond was a Canadian singer, musician, record producer and composer.

His albums: Chansons inoubliables du Cocktail Lounge, Les grands succès and Noël et toi. Genres: Jazz, Film score and Ballad.

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John Allan Cameron

John Allan Cameron (December 16, 1938 Inverness County-November 22, 2006 Toronto) also known as Cameron, John Allan was a Canadian singer. His child is Stuart Cameron.

His albums: Wind Willow. Genres he performed: Celtic music and Folk music.

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Harry Freedman

Harry Freedman (April 5, 1922 Łódź-September 16, 2005 Toronto) also known as Freedman, Harry or Henryk Frydmann was a Canadian oboist, musician, composer and music educator.

His most recognized albums: Forsyth: Atayoskewin / Freedman: Oiseaux Exotiques.

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Peter Dyneley

Peter Dyneley (April 13, 1921 Hastings-August 19, 1977 London) also known as Peter was a Canadian actor and voice actor. His children are Richard Dyneley and Amanda Dyneley.

Peter Dyneley is best known for his work on Gerry Anderson's "Thunderbirds" where he provided the voice for Jeff Tracy, the founder of the International Rescue organization. He appeared in many other TV shows and films throughout his career, including "Counter-Attack!", "The Ship That Died of Shame", and "The Baron". Dyneley also regularly lent his voice to radio dramas and commercials. Prior to his acting career, Dyneley served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After his death in 1977, the character of Jeff Tracy was retired from the "Thunderbirds" franchise as a tribute to Dyneley's contribution to the show.

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Hagood Hardy

Hagood Hardy (February 26, 1937 Angola-January 1, 1997 Hamilton) also known as Hardy, Hagood, Hugh Hagood Hardy or Hugh Hagood Hardy, CM was a Canadian composer, pianist, vibraphonist, music arranger, percussionist and film score composer.

His albums: Alone, All My Best, Anne, The Homecoming, The Homecoming and Morocco.

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Louis Applebaum

Louis Applebaum (April 3, 1918 Toronto-April 19, 2000 Toronto) a.k.a. Applebaum, Louis or Lou Applebaum was a Canadian conductor and film score composer.

Genres: Film score.

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La Bolduc

La Bolduc (June 4, 1894-February 20, 1941 Montreal) also known as Madame Bolduc was a Canadian singer and chansonnier.

Her albums include Heritage Quebecois.

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Robbie King

Robbie King (February 11, 2015 Québec-October 1, 2003 Vancouver) was a Canadian musician.

King was well-known for his exceptional skills on the piano and Hammond organ. He began playing music at a young age and later joined various bands such as The Bop-Cats and The Mentors. King was also a sought-after session musician, working with notable artists such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Tragically Hip. He received a Juno Award in 1986 for his contributions to the album "Whistling Past the Graveyard" by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider. King was praised for his ability to blend various genres of music, such as blues, jazz, and rock and roll. He passed away at the age of 88, leaving behind a legacy as one of Canada's most influential musicians.

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Angèle Arsenault

Angèle Arsenault (October 1, 1943 Abrams Village-February 25, 2014 Saint-Sauveur) a.k.a. Angele Arsenault or Arsenault, Angèle was a Canadian singer.

Her discography includes: Amour, J'ai vécu bien des années, Noël c'est l'amour, and .

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Don Harron

Don Harron (September 19, 1924 Toronto-January 17, 2015) a.k.a. Donald Hugh Harron, don_harron, Charlie Farquharson, Donald Harron, Donald H. Harron, Donald H. Harron, OC OOnt or Harron, Don was a Canadian actor, journalist, composer, author, film director, comedian and screenwriter. He had two children, Mary Harron and Kelley Harron.

His most important albums: Charlie Farquharson's Bible Stories.

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