American singer Dan Fogelberg dies at age 56

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Dan Fogelberg 1951-2007.
Image: Henry Diltz.

Dan Fogelberg, the singer/songwriter whose hits included Longer, Leader of the Band, and Power of Gold has died today at the age of 56. The cause of death was announced as prostate cancer.

Fogelberg was born Daniel Grayling Fogelberg on August 13, 1951 in Peoria, Illinois, USA. He recorded other hits like Make Love Stay, which hit number-one on the Adult contemporary charts.

A note on Fogelberg's web site announced his passing. "Dan left us this morning at 6:00 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side," said the note. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

Fogelberg is survived by his wife Jean and brothers Marc and Peter.