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How did Ronnie Hawkins die? King of Rockabilly, 87, has mentored several rock greats

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Ronnie Hawkins was born just two days after Elvis Presley and was affectionately known to his friends as “The Hawk”.

Music lovers around the world were devastated after American-Canadian rock star Ronnie Hawkins passed away on Sunday May 29th. He was 87 years old. The unfortunate news of his death was shared with The Canadian Press by his wife, Wanda. Ronnie was a popular rockabilly singer who mentored several musicians. He was known for establishing and developing rock music in Canada. Ronnie Hawkins recruited a handful of local musicians who later became known as The Band.

Ronnie helped mentor the first band from this country to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. News of Ronnie Hawkins’ death comes months after legendary actor and comedian Louie Anderson died on January 21. He was hospitalized days earlier after being diagnosed with cancer but sadly couldn’t make it. Speaking of celebrity deaths, Bob Saget is another icon that Hollywood lost on January 9th. Betty White died of natural causes on December 31, 2021 at the age of 99. Chick Vennera, DMX, Jay Black and Jeanette Maus are other public figures who have passed away in the last year, leaving their loyal fans devastated.

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Tributes for the late musician poured in on Twitter, with one of the users saying: “Ronnie could really work for an audience on a Friday night. He was more of an entertainer than a musician. He had a flair for crowd psychology and could set off a rumble across the room with just a flick of his wrist if he wanted to.” – Levon Helm. Rest in peace Ronnie Hawkins.” Another said: “Ronnie Hawkins: Thank you for changing my life by inviting me to dance on stage at the 1969 Toronto Pop Festival. You helped fuel my teenage dreams and showed me what true legends are made of. Forever in my heart.”

The next wrote: “Ronnie Hawkins, the most important rock ‘n’ roller in Canadian history, has died at the age of 87. The band, Dale Hawkins, Bob Dylan and thousands of others would not be the same without him. Music wouldn’t be the same. He will be greatly missed and thank you Hawkins.” Meanwhile, one added: “Relax Ronnie Hawkins. One of the first people to recognize the magic of Richard Manuel’s voice and the one who set him and the rest of the band on the path to creating a musical legacy second to none. A true icon in his own right.” And one user concluded, “Very sad to hear that Ronnie Hawkins has passed away… it was virtually impossible to ever find anyone who didn’t like Ronnie… I’ve had some great times with him, his stories listening and experiences… he could always make you cry with laughter.”

“A true icon in itself”

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