The Association’s Terry Kirkman’s Cause of Death is Clear
Heart failure was reported as Terry Kirkman’s cause of death at the age of 83. The Association confirmed the heartbreaking news.
His death was confirmed on Sunday through a statement on the Association‘s official Facebook page.
“We’re saddened to report that Terry Kirkman passed away last night, RIP Terry. He will live on in our hearts and in the music he so brilliantly wrote,” the statement read.
Kirkman was born on December 12, 1939, in Salina, Kan. In 1965, Terry formed the Association in L.A. alongside Russ Giguere, Brian Cole, Jules Gary Alexander, Ted Bluechel Jr., and Bob Page, who was quickly replaced by Jim Yester.
The band consisted of a large ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists well known for their intricate vocal harmonies.
The Association quickly gained fame with their songs “Along Comes Mary” and “Cherish” from their 1966 debut album And Then… Along Comes the Association.
He contributed vocals to many songs, including “Cherish”, “Never My Love”, and “Everything That Touches You“. Kirkman performed with the group at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
His “Requiem for the Masses”, a song written about the war in Vietnam, featured requiem-style vocals
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Terry Kirkman’s Cause of Death Following Illness
Founding member of the 1960s folk-rock band the Association Terry Kirkman’s cause of death was recognized as congestive heart failure on September 23, 2023.
The Association were nominated for a Grammy Award six times, and the 10th Annual Grammy Awards (1968).
A collection of poems penned by the members of the Association was released as the book Crank Your Spreaders in August 1969.
Kirkman left the group at the end of 1972 and returned when the group was reformed in 1979, after previously splitting up the year before.
After growing tired of touring, he left the Association band in 1984. Subsequently, on rare occasions, Kirkman performed in guest appearances with the group.
Kirkman was present when he and the band’s other surviving members were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003 and when the group were recipient of the Rock Justice Awards on January 18, 2019, at Village Studios in Los Angeles.
In the years following his departure from the group, he retired from the music industry and worked in California as an addictions counselor.
Kirkman is survived by his beloved wife Heidi, daughter Sasha, son-in-law and two grandchildren.
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