Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm, the only American member of The Band, a rock multi-instrumentalist and also an actor dies at the age of 71 due to complications of cancer. He was diagnosed to have throat cancer in 1998.
Levon Helm is known for his unique style of drumming and his soulful voice. Some of his songs are The Weight, Ophelia and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. His album Dirt Farmer earned him a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February 2008.