Stacy Phillips dies following heart attack

UPDATE 6/6: Stacy passed away yesterday evening, shortly after this story was posted. He had been in an induced coma since Sunday when he was brought to the hospital. After doctors informed his family that his brain had been without oxygen long enough before he was found that he could never regain normal function, they agreed to shut off life support and allowed him to slip away.

Stacy was 73 years of age. No funeral service is planned.

A very complete career overview and obituary was published this morning in the New Haven Independent.

Noted northeastern bluegrass musician Stacy Phillips is in hospital in Hartford, CT. He is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack following a gig on Sunday.

What we have learned is that he was found in his car unresponsive, and was taken to the hospital.

Stacy is currently in the ICU at St. Francis Hospital, and doctors are not optimistic for a recovery.

Phillips has been a fixture in the New England bluegrass scene since the 1970s. He is the author of a number of instruction books for both fiddle and dobro, along with several DVDs. Over the years he has taught countless pickers at camps and through private lessons, and has remained an active performer until his heart attack.

He has been featured on dozens of recordings in many styles, and has several projects under his own name.

Let’s hope to hear some good news soon on his condition. We will update with what we learn.

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