Richard Laviolette Obituary: What Happened To Canadian singer-songwriter?

by Sushil Pandit
Richard Laviolette Obituary

Richard Laviolette was a highly respected Canadian musician and singer with an extensive and influential career in the world of music. He was a part of numerous bands and has earned important credits, including Mary Carl, Aging Recycling Plant, All of Your Raw Materials, Taking the Long Way Home as well as Soundtrack to the Life of a Car Nearly in the Pacific.

Richard Laviolette Obituary

Through Laviolette’s career Laviolette worked with a variety of artists. He was also part of seven-week tours of both the US and Canada with label-mate Kit Wilson-Yang. Unfortunately, a recent obituary of Richard Laviolette revealed that he died on September 5 2023 aged 41. Richard Laviolette was a driven student who excelled in academics in his early period. He was privileged to be being the valedictorian speaker during his time at Chesley District High School. He also finished his High School credits in Owen Sound Vocational Collegiate Institute.

His passion for education stretches to his pursuit of a historical master’s degree from the University of Guelph, where the goal was to become a teacher in public schools. His sudden death caused a flood of condolences, tributes and remembrances from friends and family members who remembranced him for his extraordinary singing voice and songwriting talents. Mudtown Records, in particular was a tribute to his joyful and exuberant performances. Laviolette’s family has been grieving over his passing, as well as plans to hold a memorial ceremony in Guelph in the coming months are in place. The reason for Richard Laviolette’s death was the Huntington’s Disease, and he decided to undergo Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) because his condition had rapidly worsened after May 2023.

Huntington’s disease is an inherited condition that causes the death and degeneration of nerve cells within the brain. This debilitating disease posed many problems for Richard which affected how he could sing as well as play the guitar. Laviolette suffered from health problems from an early age, including Ulcerative Colitis that required an emergency complete colectomy at 17.

The medication used in the procedure led to serious bone damage that culminated the need for a replacement hip when he was 28. Despite his health challenges, Laviolette remained dedicated to his love of music, and found solace and healing in his work. The legacy of his life will be remembered and an oak tree will be planted in his honor at the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest. Tragically Richard’s life was deeply touched due to Huntington’s Disease, a devastating neurodegenerative disease that takes an enormous toll on mental and physical well-being. His brave battle against this afflicting disease played a crucial role in his tragic death.

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