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Dan Fogelberg Biography

Last updated: 09/02/2014 06:13:17 PM

In May 2004, Fogelberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. He underwent therapy and achieved a partial remission, which did not eliminate his cancer but reduced it and stopped its spread. On August 13, 2005, his 54th birthday, Fogelberg announced the success of his cancer treatments. He said that he had no immediate plans to return to making music but was keeping his options open.

Fogelberg maintained residences in Deer Isle, Maine [7] and at Mountain Bird Ranch, a 610-acre (2.5 km2) property near Pagosa Springs, Colorado, that he purchased in 1982. The ranch was put up for sale in 2005.[8][9]

Fogelberg succumbed to prostate cancer on December 16, 2007, at his home in Deer Isle, with wife Jean by his side. He was 56 years old. [10]

Soon after his death, his widow announced that a song written and recorded for her by Fogelberg for Valentine's Day 2005, "Sometimes a Song", would be sold on the Internet and that all proceeds would go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.[11] The song was released on Valentine's Day 2008 and was also included in a collection of eleven previously unpublished songs (nine originals) on a CD released in September 2009 titled Love In Time.

In tribute to Fogelberg and the entire Fogelberg family, the city of Peoria renamed Abington Street in the city's East Bluff neighborhood "Fogelberg Parkway". The street runs along the east side of Woodruff High School, Fogelberg's alma mater, and where his father was a teacher and bandleader. "Fogelberg Parkway" ends at the intersection of N. Prospect and Frye, which is the location of the convenience store where Dan ran into his old high school sweetheart one Christmas Eve; a chance encounter made famous in the song "Same Old Lang Syne"[12]

In fall of 2009, the Peoria City Council granted permission to a group of Dan Fogelberg fans to begin fundraising efforts to create a permanent memorial to Fogelberg in his home town of Peoria. The memorial garden will be placed in Riverfront Park and is expected to be dedicated during the Fall of 2010

rest in sweet gentle peace sweet daniel grayling fogelberg, you will never be forgotten

Thanks to kelly for submitting the biography.