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Texas singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, 61, dies of cancer

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/22/2017
In this Sept. 17, 2012, photo, Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave plays during an in-store performance at Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas. A statement Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this Sept. 17, 2012, photo, Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave plays during an in-store performance at Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas. A statement Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Laura Skelding/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, whose 2007 album "Cimarron Manifesto" drew critical raves and reached the top of the Americana music chart, has died just days after he appeared at a concert held in his honor.

In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, performs during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, performs during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

A statement Monday from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61.

In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, performs during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, performs during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

More than 1,000 people attended a sold-out concert Thursday night at Austin's Paramount Theatre to honor LaFave. He attended using a wheelchair.

In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, thanks the crowd during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this May 18, 2017, photo singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, thanks the crowd during a concert honoring his life and music at the Paramount Theater. A statement Monday, May 22, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

The East Texas native embraced the spirit of folk music icon Woody Guthrie. In 1996, Nora Guthrie invited LaFave to appear at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to her father and at her father's 1997 induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

In this Feb. 15, 2005, photo, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave poses for a portrait in Austin, Texas. A statement on Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Matt Rourke/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this Feb. 15, 2005, photo, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave poses for a portrait in Austin, Texas. A statement on Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Matt Rourke/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

LaFave also was a two-time Austin Music Award winner for singer-songwriter.

In this Feb. 15, 2005, photo, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave poses for a portrait in Austin, Texas. A statement on Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Matt Rourke/Austin American-Statesman via AP) © The Associated Press In this Feb. 15, 2005, photo, singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave poses for a portrait in Austin, Texas. A statement on Monday, May 22, 2017, from Music Road Records says LaFave died Sunday at his Austin home after a fight with cancer. He was 61. (Matt Rourke/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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