Beloved Singer-Songwriter Jimmy LaFave Passes Away

Just days after a farewell concert honoring the life and times of Austin’s own singer-songwriter Jimmy LaFave, the artist died of the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2016. LaFave died Sunday surrounded by loved ones in his home, his music label, Music Road Records announced Monday. LaFave had lived in Austin for nearly 30 years. LaFave, an admirer of Woody Guthrie, worked to promote his legacy around the world and served on the advisory board of the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival for 12 years. LaFave will be posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on June 14. He has also recently been added to the Austin Music Awards Hall of Fame. He is survived by his son Jackson LaFave of Austin, former wife, Barbara Fox of Austin, father, G.G “Frenchy” LaFave of Kingfisher, OK, siblings Garry LaFave of Cashion, OK, Lee Ann LaFave Swanson of Aurora, CO, Robert LaFave of Edmond, OK, Connie LaFave Gallupe of Kingfisher, OK, longtime friend and companion Ashley Warren of Austin, TX, and his adored Lab, Chief.

The artist's family asks that, instead of flowers, you make a donation to a pet charity of your choice or perform an act of kindness.

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