Famous Canadian keyboardist Michael Fonfara dies in Toronto after battling cancer


Internationally renowned Canadian keyboardist Michael Fonfara died in a Toronto hospital on Friday. He was 74 years old.
The sad news came in an emailed statement from publicist Eric Alper, who said Fonfara has been battling cancer for two years.

Born in Stevensville, Ontario, Fonfara played on nine of the late Lou Reed’s albums between 1974 and 2005, including Sally cannot dance, Rock and roll heart, Street hassle, and The bells, which Fonfara also produced by the executive.

Recognized by Alper as an “extremely talented musician,” Fonfara has also performed on Foreigner’s iconic album. 4, including their great success Urgent.

Fonfara was a member of the Canadian blues legends Downchild for over 30 years, and some of the others he has recorded with include Les Everly Brothers, Brutal trade, Rhinoceros and Electric flag.

His last recording was Downchild’s Live At The Toronto Jazz Festival, recorded on their 50th anniversary in 2019, where he performed live alongside special guest stars Dan Aykroyd, Paul Shaffer and David Wilcox.

Fonfara is survived by his wife Avril, his daughters Ashley and Ciara and his grandchildren Brooklyn, Camden, Jamie and Jaxon.


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