Gordon Lightfoot Illness And Health Issue: Hitmaking Singer Battling With Stomach Aneurysm

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There has been various discussion among fans regarding Gordon Lightfoot illness and health condition before death. 

Gordon Lightfoot was a highly influential and successful Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist who significantly impacted the folk, folk-rock, and country music scenes during the 1960s and 1970s.

Lightfoot had a string of successful singles and albums that achieved chart success in Canada and internationally, with several of his albums achieving gold and multi-platinum status.

He had several hits that topped the US Hot 100 or AC chart, including “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “Rainy Day People,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Lightfoot’s legacy as a folk-rock legend continues to influence and inspire many musicians and fans worldwide.

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Gordon Lightfoot Illness And Health Issue

Lightfoot, the renowned Canadian singer-songwriter famous for his folk-pop hits including “If You Could Read My Mind,” has passed away at 84, according to a statement from his family.

His publicist, Victoria Lord, confirmed that he died at a hospital in Toronto on Monday night.

While the cause of Gordon Lightfoot’s death has not been shared with the public, it has been confirmed that he received medical treatment before passing.

Throughout his lengthy career, Lightfoot overcame various health issues, such as Bell’s palsy, and struggled with alcoholism during his early years as a performer.

Gordon Lightfoot canceled his entire concert schedule for 2023, citing health reasons. (Image Source: North Shore News)

Lightfoot had just canceled his entire 2023 tour due to his ongoing health issues before death. But the exact reason behind the health issues or the illness he was suffering at the time has not been disclosed. 

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Despite facing various health issues throughout his career, Gordon Lightfoot remained resilient and persevered in his profession. He never lost hope and continued to pursue his career.

Hitmaking Singer Gordon Lightfoot Battling With Stomach Aneurysm

In September 2002, there was great concern across the country when it was reported that Gordon had been rushed to the hospital with intense stomach pain just before a scheduled concert in Orillia.

Lightfoot had experienced a ruptured artery in his stomach and had to undergo multiple surgeries.

He was airlifted to McMaster Medical Centre in Hamilton and underwent emergency vascular surgery, followed by a six-week coma, a tracheotomy, and four additional operations.

In addition to the stomach aneurysm in 2002, Gordon Lightfoot underwent follow-up surgery in 2003.

Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84.Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot dies at 84. (Image Source: CNN)

He also experienced a minor stroke in September 2006, temporarily affecting the use of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand. However, by 2007, he had fully recovered.

But during his death, he fully recovered from Stomach Aneurysm, and he had another illness that has not yet been disclosed in public. 

At 18, Gordon Lightfoot went to the US to study music but found it uncomfortable in Hollywood and returned to Canada, where he started playing at Fran’s Restaurant.

By 1964, he was gaining a reputation in the music scene, and his popularity increased with the release of his hit song “I’m Not Sayin’” the following year. Lightfoot transitioned from folk to pop music in the late 1960s.

His album Sundown and single of the same name topped the Billboard charts in the mid-1970s, heightening his popularity.

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Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and received the governor general’s Award.

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