Deadly Disease Becomes Folk Singer Hobo Jim’s Cause of Death
With a heavy heart, we inform you that the well-known folk singer passed away on October 6, 2021. Hobo Jim’s cause of death has been revealed, so he stays for more details.
Jim Varsos was an American folk singer-songwriter who used to be one of Alaska’s most famous guitar players. He used to play frequently at small venues across the state.
Hobo Jim was named Alaska’s official balladeer back in 1994. After college, he planned to make it as a country musician. After wandering around the US, he made his way to Alaska, where he stayed.
Rashah McChesney tweeted: “Last week, I got to play a lovely and bittersweet @sabinepoux story about James “Hobo Jim” Varsos on the radio. He has since died. If you get the chance today, listen to this story and get to know Alaska’s State balladeer.”
Noted, His songs are more likely regional and occupational songs that primarily focus on Alaska’s commercial fishermen, loggers, and miners.
He sang out of BJ’s Lounge in Soldotna for almost 25 years until the bar closed. He was currently playing weekly shows at AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse in Homer.
The thing that never changed was he built up a strong fan following on the peninsula and around the state, always performing with his guitar and iconic cowboy hat.
May he fondly be remembered. Please remember that our condolences will be the only thing to get his beloveds through such difficult times. Kindly leave yours in the comment box below.
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An Illness Leads to Hobo Jim’s Cause of Death
Hobo Jim’s cause of death has been clarified due to his later disease, cancer. In September 2021, the singer announced he’d been diagnosed with end-stage cancer.
In the past month, he was performing at the Alaska State Fair, where later he noticed the pain from cancer. He was later hospitalized in Tennessee.
He was taken home during Alaska’s oil crash while many Alaska bars closed and there weren’t as many opportunities to perform live. At that time, he took a job writing commercial country music, writing five to six songs a week.
Kelly Tshibaka shared: “There are few who carry the ballad of Alaska in their soul as Hobo Jim did. His performances at the State Fair and other events throughout my childhood shaped the spirit of Alaska in me.”
“Thanks for the music, Hobo Jim. It seems impossible that you’re gone.”
Unfortunately, he shared with Alaska and the world that his cancer is untreatable and that doctors told him he has three to six months to live.
The singer was currently down in Tennessee next to his beloved wife, Cyndi. He shared that he says that he was doing alright: “I’m in a bit of pain, but outside of that, I have a good attitude.”
At such hurtful times, he once said that he’s addicted to fishing, and as soon as he gets out of this pain, that’s going to be the first thing he will do: go fishing for the rest of his life.
Janis Ian shared on Facebook: “It gives me almost unbearable sadness to announce the death of my close friend, Hobo Jim. He and his wife called us a scant two weeks ago to say he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic infiltrative cancer and given 4-5 months, but he died yesterday.”
She shared some words from Hobo Jim, saying that Jim came to Nashville in the mid-’80s, broke, scared, and alone. Somehow, a local newspaper got wind of it and published an article touching on my troubles, mentioning that he’d sold most of his belongings to support his mother.
He said that they were included his Bosendorfer piano and a collection of antiquities he’d been putting together since his early 20’s. He shared that he finished an in-the-round at the Bluebird one night and headed for a quick trip to the bathroom.
On his return, he explained, he found an exquisite piece of ancient pottery on his chair, with a note that said, Here’s a start to your new collection – Hobo Jim.
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Reactions to Hobo Jim’s Death:
Katie Lloyd tweeted: “We were heartbroken to learn of the swift passing of James Varsos yesterday. Hobo Jim was a friend of the kennel as he was for so many mushers.”
It’s added: “He touched all of our lives with his radiant smile and endless energy. It feels empty knowing we will never again sing along live with him in this lifetime, but we know the choirs of heaven gained a good one. We are full of gratitude for the time he shared with us all.”
Rashah McChesney shared as well: “Last week, I got to play a lovely and bittersweet @sabinepoux story about James “Hobo Jim” Varsos on the radio. He has since died. If you get the chance today, listen to this story and get to know Alaska’s State balladeer.”
A fan wrote: “Sad to hear about the passing of Hobo Jim. Truly an Alaskan icon. He was as close to a celebrity as we had here in Alaska when I was growing up. Saw him two months ago at the State Fair. It’s a fitting place to have seen him last. We will never stop singing his songs in The Last Frontier.”
One announced: “KSRM received word that Alaska’s State Balladeer “Hobo Jim” Varsos passed away Tuesday. The Kenai Peninsula was blessed to have his music touch so many over 49 years in the 49th state. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Cyndi and family.”
Jim Swift shared: “Well, the race it won’t be easy For the masters of the trail And some of them will make it and some of them will fail But just to run that race takes a tough and hardy breed,” RIP, Hobo Jim.”