Kenny Shields, lead singer of classic Canadian rock band Streetheart, has died at age 69.
Shields died early Friday morning in a Winnipeg hospital, where he underwent cardiac surgery. The news was confirmed by bandmate and close friend Jeff Neill.
Shields’s wife and daughter were with him when he died around 3 a.m.
“The ones that he loved were by his side and he wasn’t in pain. And he just slipped away,” said Neill, who knew Shields since 1977.
Streetheart had planned a cross-country tour this summer to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band. The tour was cancelled when Shields fell ill earlier this month.