Levon Helm is missed, but not forgotten. And now a number of well-known musicians have banded together to stage the “Love For Levon” benefit concert on October 3, to raise money for his estate and legendary Midnight Ramble concert series.
Levon Helm died on April 19, 2012, with cancer, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
On April 17, 2012, Helm's wife Sandy and daughter Amy revealed that Helm had end-stage cancer.
They posted the following message on Helm's website:
Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey.
Thank you fans and music lovers who have made his life so filled with joy and celebration... he has loved nothing more than to play, to fill the room up with music, lay down the back beat, and make the people dance! He did it every time he took the stage...
We appreciate all the love and support and concern."