Western Colorado's biggest music festival is mourning the loss of an all–time favorite musican. Chris LeDoux died from complications of liver cancer Wednesday afternoon. Country Jam U.S.A. officials say they are in shock over the news. Even though he was a star in the country music world, LeDoux often made comments from the stage in Mack about being a “house band.”
Spokesperson Kathy Wright says they are mourning the loss of Ledoux and at this time Wright says she is not certain who will fill his time slot at this year's festival in June. Country Jam is a four day music festival that draws tens of thousands of country music fans to Mesa County.
In addition to his country music success, LeDoux was a former world champion bareback bronc rider. LeDoux started playing music in his teens, while he competed in rodeos, writing about his life on the circuit. His songs captured the romance, the freedom, the dirt and the hurt of rodeo.
In 2000, LeDoux was diagnosed with a liver disease, and successfully underwent a liver transplant. Within six months of the surgery, LeDoux was on tour again - throwing himself right back into the hard-driving, full-force stage shows he was known for.
Late last year he was diagnosed with cancer and began undergoing radiation treatment.
When he wasn't touring, LeDoux spent his time with his family on their ranch in Kaycee, Wyoming.
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