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KITCHENER - The wife of legendary blues artist Mel Brown has released a statement on her husband's health.
In it, Miss Angel says the 69-year-old was taken off a ventilator this morning and is breathing on his own.
She says she can't thank people enough for their thoughts
Brown suffered from a collapsed lung and remains in critical condition at St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener.
He played and recorded with a long list of famous acts, including B-B King and David Bowie.
Brown was born in Jackson, Mississippi and moved to Kitchener in 1989 where he became one of the area's most popular musicians.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, the cradle of the Delta Blues, on Oct. 7, 1939, Brown lived in the music centres of Los Angeles, Nashville and Austin before settling in Kitchener in 1989.
His first gig was with the famous harp player Sonny Boy Williamson. Brown's last show was a Sunday afternoon gig at the Boathouse in Victoria Park. In between, Brown played and recorded with a long roster of musicians, including B.B. King, T-bone Walker, Snooky Pryor, Bobby Bland, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Lee Hooker, David Bowie, Dr. John, Sonny and Cher, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.