Is Nanci Griffith’s Cause of Death Related to a Health Problem?
There are some rumors about singer, guitarist, and songwriter Nanci Griffith’s cause of death after she passed away on Friday, (August 13, 2021) at the age of 68. May this angel rest in paradise.
The heartbreaking news is spreading on social media since the singer Suzy Bogguss first released Nanci Griffith lost her life in an Instagram post, writing, “My heart is aching😔A beautiful soul that I love has left this earth.”
The post added, “I feel blessed to have many memories of our times together along with most everything she ever recorded. I’m going to spend the day reveling in the articulate masterful legacy she’s left us🌺Rest my dear friend Nanci Griffith💖.”
Nanci Caroline Griffith was born July 6, 1953, raised in Austin, Texas, and lived in Nashville, Tennessee before her passing. Griffith performed many times on the PBS music program Austin City Limits kicked off in 1985 (season 10).
Nanci’s career had spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country, folk, and what she terms “folkabilly. She won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1994 for her recording, Other Voices, Other Rooms. In this album, Griffith covered the songs of artists who are her major influences.
One of her famous songs is “From a Distance,” which was written and composed by Julie Gold, although Bette Midler’s version achieved greater commercial success.
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What’s the Tragedy Behind Nanci Griffith’s Cause of Death?
Although no official sources have clarified Nanci Griffith’s cause of death at this time, some claim she recently had health problems, which led to her sudden death.
US day News does not confirm any rumors, but our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible.
Griffith’s high school boyfriend, John, lost his life in a motorcycle accident following taking her to the senior prom and subsequently inspired several of her songs. She was married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982. In the early 1990s, she was engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel; nevertheless, they never married.
Griffith refers to her backing band as “The Blue Moon Orchestra.” This reference is believed to have been drawn from both the title of one of her earliest albums, Once in a Very Blue Moon, and its title selection, which reached number 85 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1986.
Similarly, other artists have occasionally achieved greater success than Griffith herself with songs she wrote or co-wrote. For instance, Kathy Mattea had a country music top five hit with a 1986 cover of Griffith’s “Love at the Five and Dime,” and Suzy Bogguss had one of her most significant hits with Griffith’s and Tom Russell’s “Outbound Plane.”
Reactions to Death News of Nanci Griffith
Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Nanci Griffith’s family, friends, fans, bandmates, and all of her loved ones on these tough days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor her; Fans widely ask, “what happened to Nanci Griffith?,” So if you have any related information about her passing, please share it with us.
Quickly after the tragic news was released, many of beloved Nanci’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:
Independent Senator, Singer, Founder of The RISE Foundation, Frances Black, said, “I’m so saddened to hear of the passing of the wonderful Nanci Griffith, I was lucky enough to record a few of Nanci’s songs for my first solo album ‘Talk to Me’ I was so honoured when she came over to Ireland & sang with me on the album. Sleep well, Nanci.”
A fan wrote, “I am absolutely stunned to learn that Nanci Griffith has died. One of my heroes and biggest influences. And absolute giant in the world of songwriting. My heart is broken,” while another said, “’m gutted. There are 4 artists that I have a complete record/album/music collection. She’s one of them. I’m forever grateful for her and her music. God, this past year and half has taken a chunk of my soul. #nancigriffith.”
A user announced, “So sad to hear of the passing of one of my all-time favourite singers – Nanci Griffith. Saw her many times including the night my mother passed away when it truly felt she was singing Gulf Coast Highway just to me.”
Another tweeted, “Awful to hear that Nanci Griffith has passed away. One of my biggest musical influences, who really reeled me into country music. I first heard her on the NME tape with no name in 1987 and I was hooked. Saw her live in concert 4-5 times. She was wonderful. A great communicator.”
Host of PBS tv show, Michael Londra, reacted to the news in a tweet, reading, “Gutted to hear of the passing of Nanci Griffith. One of my all-time favorite artists. Saw her many times. She loved Ireland.”
More about Nanci Griffith’s Career
In recent years, Griffith has traveled with many other artists, such as Buddy Holly’s band:
- The Crickets
- John Prine
- Iris DeMent
- Suzy Bogguss
- Judy Collins
She had recorded duets with various artists, including:
- Emmylou Harris
- Mary Black
- John Prine
- Don McLean
- Jimmy Buffett
- Dolores Keane
- Willie Nelson
- Adam Duritz
- The Chieftains
- John Stewart
- Darius Rucker
She has also contributed background vocals on many other recordings. Griffith suffered from severe writer’s block for a number of years after 2004, lasting until the 2009 release of her The Loving Kind album.
After some months of limited touring in 2011, her bandmates The Kennedys packed up their professional Manhattan recording studio and relocated it to Nashville, where they placed it in Nanci’s home.
There, Griffith and her backing team, including Pete & Maura Kennedy and Pat McInerney, co-produced her album Intersection over the course of the summer. The album included several new original songs and was released in April 2012 on Proper Records.
In July, it was reported that Griffith was among the incoming class of the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Griffith moved to a more pop-focused way with 1989’s Storms, produced by Glyn Johns, and resumed the trend with her last MCA album, Late Night Grande Hotel, in 1991.
She shifted to Elektra Records for a time, setting out the covers collection Other Voices, Other Rooms in 1993, with a guest list, including Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Iris DeMent, and John Prine, who sang on her version of “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” and appeared in its video.
Nanci Griffith’s Studio Albums:
|There’s a Light Beyond These Woods||1978|
|Poet in My Window||1982|
|Once in a Very Blue Moon||1984|
|The Last of the True Believers||1986|
|Lone Star State of Mind||1987|
|Little Love Affairs||1988|
|Late Night Grande Hotel||1991|
|Other Voices, Other Rooms||1993|
|Blue Roses from the Moons||1997|
|Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful)||1998|
|The Dust Bowl Symphony||1999|
|Clock Without Hands||2001|
|Hearts in Mind||2004|
|The Loving Kind||2009|