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Duane Jarvis dies at 51; L.A. roots music singer-songwriter and guitarist

April 2, 2009 |  9:24 am
He played with Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, John Prine and others.

Duane Jarvis, a stalwart of the Los Angeles roots music scene whose lead guitar work landed him stints playing with Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Michelle Shocked and others when he wasn't recording and touring as a respected singer-songwriter in his own right, died Wednesday after a long bout with colon cancer. He was 51.

Jarvis died at his home in Marina del Rey, where he was receiving hospice care after stopping treatment that in recent months had included two major surgeries and three rounds of chemotherapy, according to Kevin Jarvis, a drummer who performed frequently with his older brother.

"Duane passed away this morning at 1:30 a.m. with a smile on his face," Kevin Jarvis wrote in an e-mail sent Wednesday to family members and friends. "We knew time was short by the way things were going that day, although Duane surprised us a little by leaving us quite so soon.

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