Here’s some impossibly sad news: Levon Helm, the drummer/singer for the Band and Americana original, is in “the final stages of his battle with cancer,” according to a statement that his wife and daughter recently posted on his website. The statement thanks all the people who have loved his music, which is an extremely gracious thing to read from people who must be going through some awful things right now. Helm sang “The Weight,” played on Music From The Big Pink, and quit the Band for a while to work on Arkansas oil rigs when he was already famous. He is one of the greats. Watch him at work below.