New Orleans piano great Henry Butler dead at 68

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NEW ORLEANS - Henry Butler has passed away.

The New Orleans born blind piano virtuoso was 68-years-old.

Butler, who has lived in New York since 2009 and left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, battled cancer for several years.

A successful online fundraising campaign helped raise funds for Butler to travel to Germany for an experimental cancer treatment.

Butler’s manager Art Edlestein said the musician passed away peacefully this morning in New York.

“It’s simple,” Davell Crawford said. “Henry Butler was the greatest pianist I’ve ever met and worked with. He was my teacher and great friend. I’ll always remember the moments we shared and I’ll love him forever.”


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