Singer Dan Fogelberg dies from prostate cancer

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  1. B_Italian1

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    Dan Fogelberg has passed away from complications from prostate cancer. I wasn't a fan, but this is sad news considering his young age. Prostate cancer is highly curable if found early, but Fogelberg's cancer was advanced when discovered, as was Frank Zappa's.

    Gentlemen, please get a digital rectal exam (DRC) and a Prostate-Specific Antigen test (PSA) yearly after age 50. I didn't wait until 50 and have been getting the exam and the PSA test since about 35. Bring it up to your doctor the next time you have a physical. I know some guys who've told me their doctors have never even mentioned it.

    Ladies, please tell your husband, boyfriend, brothers, and father the importance of digital rectal exams and the PSA test.



    NEW YORK (AP) -- Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

    His death was announced Sunday on the singer's Web site.

    "Dan left us this morning at 6 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife, Jean, at his side," it read. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

    Fogelberg discovered he had advanced prostate cancer in 2004. In a statement then, he thanked fans for their support: "It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. ... I thank you from the very depths of my heart."

    Fogelberg's music was powerful in its simplicity. He didn't rely on the volume of his voice to convey his emotions; instead, they came through in the soft, tender delivery and his poignant lyrics. Songs like "Same Old Lang Syne" -- in which a man reminisces after meeting an old girlfriend by chance during the holidays -- became classics not only because of his performance, but also for the engaging storyline.

    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. Fogelberg put out his first album in 1972.

    Fogelberg's songs tended to have a weighty tone, reflecting on emotional issues in a serious way. But in an interview with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Journal Sentinel in 1997, he said it did not represent his personality.

    "That came from my singles in the early '80s," he reflects. "I think it probably really started on the radio. I'm not a dour person in the least. I'm actually kind of a happy person. Music doesn't really reflect the whole person.

    "One of my dearest friends is Jimmy Buffett. From his music, people have this perception that he's up all the time, and, of course, he's not. Jimmy has a serious side, too."

    Later in his career, he would write material that focused on the state of the environment, an issue close to his heart. Fogelberg's last album was 2003's "Full Circle," his first album of original material in a decade. A year later he would receive his cancer diagnosis, forcing him to forgo a planned fall tour.
     
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    While im a little young for digital exam for cancer I appreciate the information.

    Im a huge Folgerburg fan, didnt he and his brother start Credence Clearwater?
     
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    wow...i wasn't a fan either but my mom would always play
    his cds.
     
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    yeah i understand confusing the two,
    dan fogelberg is more like adult contemporary folk.
     
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    Wow,
    I hate to hear that as he was truly one of the best of the folk type singers of his time. His song "Another Auld Ang Syne" was a favorite of mine as it hit home with an old lover of mine.
    He will be missed indeed.
    CJ
     
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    I've indirectly been acquainted with three guys who had prostate cancer before the age of forty. Fifty is too late for something that takes about thirty seconds (DRE. PSA).
    Dave
     
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    Under 40 is really young and I would think rare. I worked with a man that got it in his mid 40's and it was detected early. He received radiation and was fine. My dad has had 3 friends that have gotten prostate cancer. One died but the other two are okay. They thought my dad may have had it one time, but his biopsy came back negative. :smile:
     
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    My experience does seem unusual, based on the statistics, but thre you have it. One case was the father of a client, he was diagnosed at thirty-eight. Another was a guy who was in my dorm in college who was diagnosed at thirty-nine. The third was my massage therapist's training buddy (triathlon) who was diagnosed at thirty-five!
    Recently, a study suggested that men who are related to women who have the breast cancer gene are at elevated risk for breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer. African-American men are also at increased risk and the American Cancer Society suggests that screening begin at forty for them. To me, thirty five seems like a more rational number.
     
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