Goodbye Dan.......

I grew up loving his music, the world lost a great music artist and a family a wonderful man.....may God be with them today and everyday. His music will live on....this song will hurt to listen to this Christmas........

From his website


Sunday, December 16

Dear friends,

Dan left us this morning at 6:00am . He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.

In May of 2004, Dan was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

A personal letter from D.F.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of the thousands of wonderful people who have sent such incredibly moving and supportive e-mails via the Living Legacy web site. It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. Each one of you who have taken the time and effort to reach out to Jean and I have helped immeasurably to uplift our spirits and keep us looking strongly forward during some very rough moments. I thank you from the very depths of my heart.

I currently have no plans to return to the concert stage or the recording studio in the foreseeable future, but who knows? At least for now, I prefer to keep my options open.

Again my deepest thanks and love to all,


Now for the sermon.

To each and every man....

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR.

The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at age 40.

The PSA test is a simple blood test...it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.

Once it spreads beyond the prostate it is called Advanced Prostate Cancer (PCa). At this point it becomes imminently more life threatening and harder to treat. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and GET CHECKED REGULARLY. I promise you, you DON’T want to go through what I’m going through if you can avoid it.

Education and awareness are key, I urge you to follow the link below to the Prostate Cancer Foundation web site and read up on how best to protect yourself and reduce your likelihood of contracting this terrible disease.

Prostate Cancer

Good wishes for Dan can be posted at:

Many thanks to Deborah and Laurie of "The Living Legacy" website for all their hard work.


  1. I didn't even know that he had passed away. I love his music, and yes the world is much less rich today in talent since his passing. God bless his family.

    On another note, I wanted to tell you that your blog looks absolutely beautiful for the holidays. Nice decorating!! :)

  2. Wow. I missed his death, as well. I made fun of Dan these last few years as being the guy who was principally responsible for the emergence/prevalence of the "sensitive American male." Which, of course was pretty danged insensitive. And strange, considering I bought every album he released during the mid-to-late 70s - early 80s.

    Thanks for this ASW. Much appreciated.

  3. I really enjoyed his music, "Same Old Lang Syne " really hits home for me, as I had a similar experience happen to me shortly after my first marriage ended. Ran into someone from my past around the holidays, so when I heard the song, it always brought a smile to my face, this year it will bring some sadness too.....

    And "Longer" has always been one my most beloved songs....so I guess he will be greatly missed by this Soldier's Wife.


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