Bluegrass Legend Dead At Just 66 Years Old
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After months in and out of the Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, this treasured bluegrass musician and band founder has passed away at the young age of 66.
Bluegrass fans everywhere are mourning the tragic passing of incredibly-talented bass player and singer Ray Deaton who was known for his work with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver as well as founding Illrd Tyme Out.
Bluegrass Today writer John Lawless explained in his own article that Deaton had been suffering from a few serious heart conditions over the last decade – and ultimately, he succumbed to them on June 4th, 2019 after spending a great deal of time in the ICU.
Over his long and illustrious career, Deaton was known in the hardcore bluegrass fanbase for his deep vocals, ultra-precise playing, and dedication to the history of the music he loved to play.
“It saddens me to say I lost my dad today,” writes Christy Deaton Stocks, Deaton’s daughter. “I will cherish the happy memories and know that he isn’t sick anymore. He was an amazing musician, and the bluegrass community has shown great support already. I’m happy that I was able to have a joyful happy conversation with him the last time we spoke. Please keep my family in your prayers.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Deaton’s family, friends, and fans – all of whom loved him dearly. May he rest in peace.