BEIJING, Dec. 17(Xinhuanet) -- U.S. singer and
songwriter Dan Fogelberg died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling
prostate cancer at 56.
U.S. singer and songwriter Dan Fogelberg died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer at 56.(File Photo)
His death was announced in a statement released by his family through the firm Scoop Marketing posted on the singer's
"His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the
daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him,"
the posting said.
Fogelberg's heyday was in the 1970s and early 80s, when he
scored several platinum and multiplatinum records, fueled by such hits as "The
Power of Gold" and "Leader of the Band," a touching tribute he wrote to his
father, a bandleader.
Among his more popular albums were "Nether Lands,"
which included the song "Dancing Shoes" and "Phoenix" which had one of his
biggest hits "Longer," a song about enduring love.
Fogelberg, a native of Peoria, Ill., was diagnosed in
2004 with advanced prostate cancer. In 2005, he told an interviewer his cancer
was at "an almost negligible level."
He also posted a message on his Web site thanking
"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," he said.
Fogelberg urged other men to get tested annually for
"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," he said.