Jerry Jeff Walker, who moved to Austin after becoming famous with the song “Mr. Bojangles” and helped to change the landscape of Austin music in the 1970s, died Friday evening after a long battle with throat cancer. He was 78.
Walker’s wife of 46 years, Susan Walker, validated Saturday morning that Jerry Jeff died around 6 p.m. Saturday at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. “He was at home until an hour before his passing,” she said. “He went very peacefully, which we were extremely grateful for.”
Jerry Jeff Walker performs at the Fairmont Hotel’s Venetian Room in Dallas on Oct. 10, 1984.(Joe Laird – staff photographer)Walker had been dealing with throat cancer for several years and almost died in 2017. He rallied to finish a new album and played more shows, but a downturn in his health more lately resulted in difficulties with speaking and eating.
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