Blues Star Edwards Dies

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August 30, 2011 | 11:20am EST

Grammy-winning blues legend David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards has died at the age of 96.
The iconic musician, thought to be the last surviving Delta bluesman, passed away at his home from congestive heart failure in the early hours of Monday.

Edwards was forced to cancel a string of gigs scheduled throughout 2011 when his health seriously declined in April.

The Mississippi-born singer left home when he was 14 to travel with bluesman Big Joe Williams, which kicked off his music career. Throughout his life the singer performed regularly with his pal Robert Johnson and was by his side in 1938 when the blues icon drank poisoned whiskey which killed him.

Throughout his lengthy career, Edwards also played with stars such as Charley Patton and Tommy Johnson, and won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Traditional Blues Album, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement honor last year.

A statement on Edwards’ website reads, “David Honeyboy Edwards, the ‘Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen’ has died. This morning Monday August 29, 2011, about 3 am while resting peacefully at home, Honeyboy moved on to blues heaven.

“He lived a long, full life, and he felt at peace… He maintained a strong spirit until the end, telling stories and showing off his dexterity in his hands.”

Edwards’ longtime manager Michael Frank adds, “That piece of the history from that generation, people have to read about it from now on. They won’t be able to experience the way the early guys played it, except from somebody who’s learned it off of a record… He had his own unique style. But it was a 75-year-old style and it was a synthesis of the people before him and in his time.”

A private funeral service will take place on Friday.