Former Canadian Singer, Richard Laviolette Died of Illness

Last Updated on September 6, 2023, 2:42 pm

Richard Laviolette, a Canadian singer-songwriter in Guelph, Ontario, passed away on September 5, 2023; he had Huntington’s Disease. The symptoms of the disease had started this past fall and had been rapidly worsening since May 2023.

Richard Laviolette Died
Richard Laviolette (Image via Facebook)

His death news Jenny Mitchelle released his death Facebook post with a statement:

“Richard, one of our friends, died today. In response to his deteriorating health caused by his Huntington’s disease, he was able to depart on the day of his choosing. In his final days, he was surrounded by love and the community. We are grateful that he had this choice because we love him, and if you know his songs, you will realize that he was not the first person to wonder what it would be like to pass away. Still, it’s challenging.”

Laviolette left behind his family, spouse Sophia, and his children Oliver, Sullivan, Benjamin, and Life, as well as many close friends and musical partners.

Richard Laviolette Death Cause

Richard began experiencing severe health problems around that time and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 12. He nearly passed away at age 17 when his ulcerative colitis got worse. He underwent a total colectomy at that time, which saved his life.

That procedure required certain drugs, some of which severely damaged the bone. Richard underwent hip replacement surgery at the age of 28. Laviolette continued to play music despite his numerous health problems since he enjoyed it, and it served as therapy.

Unfortunately, Laviolette succumbed to Huntington’s disease last year, “Huntington is a genetic disorder called Huntington’s disease (HD) causes the nerve cells in some areas of the brain to weaken and die gradually.”

Richard’s symptoms were increasing day by day. According to Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel, he decided to have MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying), and on September 5, 2023, he passed away peacefully.

Thoughts and condolences to his family, friends, and community. His funeral and memorial details are unknown yet.

Wall-Custance Funeral Home & Chapel has also been responsible for making the preparations. A tree in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest will be planted in Laviolette’s honor.

Who was Richard Laviolette

Richard Laviolette was born on August 22, 1982. To become a teacher, Laviolette enrolled at the University of Guelph. Before quitting his history course, he concentrated exclusively on music.

Laviolette has released many singles tracks and few albums in his career; some of his songs include Mary Carl (2005), A Little Less Like a Rock, a Little More Like Home (2006), Hands and Feats (2007), Aging Recycling Plant (2009), All of Your Raw Materials (2010), Over the Roar of the Engine (2013) and Taking the Long Way Home (2017).

A few band names under which he had recorded music included Black Lungs, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, Richard Laviolette and the Hollow Hooves, and Richard Laviolette and the Glitter Bombs.

Laviolette had spent significant time in the music field; his legacy will always endure. Many of his friends and fans are ending condolences and sympathies on social media—prayers for him, Rip, Richard Laviolette.

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