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9月6日に無事が確認されていたのに……。避難先のテキサス州ゲートマウス・ブラウン が10日の土曜に亡くなった。体調のすぐれぬゲートマウスに、今回のハリケーンはかなりの心痛を与えていたと報道は伝えている。謹んで冥福をお祈りします。(写真は Earl Perry による)
まず、World Music Central News Dept. 12 Sept. 2005 の短信を引用する。

Blues and Zydeco Legend Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Dies at 81

09/12 07:18PM
Contributed by: WMC_News_Dept.

Orange (Texas), USA - Award-winning guitarist, fiddler and singer Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown died Saturday, September 10, in his hometown of Orange (Texas). Gatemouth Brown was known for his dynamic gumbo of Blues, Zydeco, Country, and Jazz. He had been suffering from lung cancer, emphysema and heart disease. Gatemouth Brown was 81.

A few days earlier, Gatemouth Brown and his family evacuated the Slidell area (near New Orleans) shortly before Hurricane Katrina made landfall and made it safely to his hometown of Orange, Texas. However, due to hurricane damage, Gatemouth lost his home and all of his belongings.

In an effort to raise money to help pay for his relocation to Austin (Texas), and to help pay for his medical expenses, living expenses, and the replacement of his instruments, the “Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund” was established. Donations to the The Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund can be made by mail: Gatemouth Brown’s Disaster Relief Fund, (c/o Celeste Biles), 3529 Cannon Road, Suite #2B, #611, Oceanside, CA 92056 or at the artist's website: http://www.gatemouth.com.

He is survived by three daughters and a son.

続いて、CNN.com 11 Sept. 2005 の記事の最初の部分を引用。

Grammy winner 'Gatemouth' Brown dies
Louisiana musician had escaped Katrina

Sunday, September 11, 2005; Posted: 9:36 a.m. EDT (13:36 GMT)

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) -- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, the singer and guitarist who built a 50-year career playing blues, country, jazz and Cajun music, died Saturday in his hometown of Orange, Texas, where he had gone to escape Hurricane Katrina. He was 81.

Brown, who had been battling lung cancer and heart disease, was in ill health for the past year, said Rick Cady, his booking agent.

Cady said the musician was with his family at his brother's house when he died. Brown's home in Slidell, Louisiana, a bedroom community of New Orleans, was destroyed by Katrina, Cady said.

"He was completely devastated," Cady said. "I'm sure he was heartbroken, both literally and figuratively. He evacuated successfully before the hurricane hit, but I'm sure it weighed heavily on his soul."

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