A day after David Lamb lost his battle with leukemia, the bells at Warren’s Baptist Church rang 36 times — 35 for him, and once for his wife and bandmate in Brown Bird, MorganEve Swain.
Lamb, who had thousands of fans across the globe and played everything from drums to banjo and guitar, passed away Saturday morning, nearly a year after he fell in while on tour in Texas.
His year-long struggle with the disease was not a solitary fight, as thousands of fans from across the world joined with his many local friends to wish him well. But a recent recurrence of his leukemia, as well complications from his latest round of chemotherapy, proved too much.
“Dave’s body began to shut down under the stress of a year-long fight and a sudden and aggressive leukemic relapse,” MorganEve wrote in a post on Brown Bird’s website Saturday. “Today, surrounded by his family and so many friends, Dave peacefully let go. Thank you for all the love you’ve all shown us. It helped so very much to know we had an army behind us.”
In the hours after his death, thousands of condolences poured in to Brown Bird and Swain’s Facebook page. Others marked the news locally, by ringing the bells at Warren’s Baptist Church. Others paid their respects at the apartment he and MorganEve shared on Water Street. Known not just as a versatile and accomplished musician, Lamb was almost universally loved as a kind, generous and soft-spoken man who was always ready to laugh.”
MorganEve wrote in her post that his love was reciprocated untold times during his illness.
“Over the past year, and especially this past week, I have been so overwhelmed and grateful for the amount of love that has surrounded Dave and me throughout our life and career together,” she wrote on Brown Bird’s Facebook page. “Dave entered the battle with leukemia as only Dave could — determined, steadfast, smiling and always with his mind on our future. His incredible ability to continue writing through his struggle is something I’ll forever aspire to.”
Lamb was diagnosed with leukemia after falling ill on a tour in Texas last year. Facing his diagnosis initially without health insurance, Brown Bird fans from across the globe offered monetary donations, prayers and support. Lamb and MorganEve, who married after the diagnosis, eventually were able to find insurance, but help and prayers continued to pour in from thousands of fans. In recent months, MorganEve talked of plans to record a new album after Dave’s health improved, and said Lamb had been busy writing songs.
Lamb’s friends will play a memorial show in his honor Tuesday, April 8, at the Columbus Theater in Providence. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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