Ralph Carney dies at 61 involved in a household accident
American singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney died at 61. His passing was a result of injuries sustained in an accident.
The acclaimed saxophone player’s death was confirmed by Carney’s brother, James, and by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which reported that Carney died as a result of head injuries sustained after falling a flight of stairs at his home in Portland, Oregon.
The Ohio native, who got his start in the mid 1970s as part of the Akron band Tin Huey, collaborated with artists including Tom Waits, the B-52s, the Black Keys, St. Vincent, and others.
Throughout his career, Carney released seven solo records, beginning with 1987’s Happiness Finally Came to Them, while his most recent album was his 2012 Dave Coulter collaboration, Secret Language.
Carney passed away peacefully surrounded by family at a hospital in Portland. The sad news was also reported by Carney’s nephew, the Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney, who posted a loving tribute to his late uncle on Sunday (Dec. 17):
“Today my uncle @ralph_carney passed away,” he tweeted. “I hope everybody is lucky enough to have someone as special as Ralph in their lives at some point. He taught me so much… he sat me down at 15 and made me listen to the Shaggs. We all need an uncle like that.”