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Apr 7, 2020 - 5:36:46 PM



111 posts since 5/3/2016

I don't think there is any pleasant way to put this so I will paste the letter that I received a short while ago, (along with a number of other people) from Conal Fowkes, one of Eddy's closest musical collaborators. It isn't often that I'm speechless but after such good news in the last two messages, I am left with a lump in my throat. My heart goes out to Ruthie, his daughter Lucie, and his many close friends and acquaintances.



My dear friends,

It is with a broken heart that I have to inform you that our beloved friend Eddy Ray Davis died today at 5:13pm.

The decision was made to take him off the ventilator and within six minutes he was gone. Please know that he was unconscious and on pain medication and that he would have been unaware and felt no pain.

As per Eddy’s own wishes, stated in life and in his will, there will be no memorial.

I am deeply, deeply sorry and can say no more.


Apr 7, 2020 - 5:43:36 PM

263 posts since 4/13/2006

So sorry to hear this. LOVE his music.

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:14:15 PM

7057 posts since 8/28/2013

I think we'll all miss Eddy.

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:19:32 PM



7816 posts since 8/20/2016

Yes, that's very sad news. RIP Eddy, and condolences to his wife and family. The banjo world has lost a giant.

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:43:43 PM



200 posts since 7/6/2004

This is so hard to believe. Eddy was such an incredible person, as well as an extraordinary banjo player. It was a pleasure to meet him and Ruth a few years ago at the Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City. We’ll never forget them.

Apr 7, 2020 - 6:44:18 PM

343 posts since 2/16/2014

The news is only getting worse, I just heard John Prine has also died. I grew up with his music.

Apr 7, 2020 - 7:07:39 PM
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2866 posts since 12/30/2008

Having just recently gotten to know Eddy a little bit through his music by watching his videos and chatting with him a few times, I can tell you he is / was one of a kind and a true master of music and entertainment!!!
I am heart broken to hear this news !!! I don’t think there is anyone that lived through music and history like he did. He had some great stories and more experiences than one can imagine!!! I will certainly miss him and his video posts and chats.
RIP Eddy, and thank you for sharing !!!

Apr 7, 2020 - 7:13:48 PM

1962 posts since 8/10/2005

Heartbroken. RIP Eddy.

Apr 7, 2020 - 7:49:37 PM
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2169 posts since 12/31/2005

Those videos always make you feel better. I'm glad they'll still be out there. Best to his family.

Apr 7, 2020 - 7:59:20 PM
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227 posts since 10/8/2018

My deepest sympathies, Ruth and Lucie.

As you can see, your Eddy touched the lives of us banjo players all over the world.

We will miss him.


Edited by - guitarbanjoman on 04/07/2020 19:59:56

Apr 7, 2020 - 8:31:33 PM
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123 posts since 7/12/2003

Heartfelt loss, goodbye Eddy Ray

Apr 7, 2020 - 8:58:53 PM

2598 posts since 9/12/2016

He knew more inversions than all members and the music they were used in.Rip

Apr 8, 2020 - 12:24:49 AM
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748 posts since 6/25/2006

Feel so sad. He was such a generous, helpful man - I once posted for some help with a tune on this forum and he immediately uploaded a lesson video! I always looked forward to his YouTube videos - I think he is responsible for a lot of people getting into the music and taking up tenor banjo. He will be sorely missed here.

Apr 8, 2020 - 12:53:42 AM



233 posts since 7/14/2010

RIP, Eddy. Thanks for everything.

Apr 8, 2020 - 12:57:42 AM
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248 posts since 3/19/2018

Eddie freely shared his knowledge of the Tango Banjo.

Thank you .

Apr 8, 2020 - 1:07:38 AM
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1 posts since 1/31/2019

Shocking news... Eddy was a great and generous man, he has left an immense heritage to all of us. It will take years to learn all the songs, licks and tricks that he has shown in his videos which are so many... Thank you, Eddy! We will miss you! R. I. P.

Apr 8, 2020 - 1:16:40 AM
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692 posts since 10/6/2017

Oh man. Horrible news! My condoleances to friends and family. His music has brought me a lot of pleasure

Apr 8, 2020 - 1:22:51 AM
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1998 posts since 1/4/2009

That's horrible. I've lost a true friend! crying

Apr 8, 2020 - 2:40:59 AM
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20 posts since 8/22/2019

I had the honor and the pleasure to play some tunes with him at the Rhumhouse in New York few years ago, I'll always remember Bella Ciao.
Ciao Eddy

Apr 8, 2020 - 4:33:35 AM
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67 posts since 5/5/2010

My sympathy to his wife and family. We are all the poorer for his loss.

Apr 8, 2020 - 4:44:44 AM
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24234 posts since 8/3/2003

My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very trying time.

Apr 8, 2020 - 5:02:50 AM
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11002 posts since 6/30/2015
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So sad to hear, especially with the look of a turn around the last couple days. Eddy was, and still is, and inspiration. He will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to Ruth, Lucie, and all the others who have been touched by Eddy's soft hand.

Apr 8, 2020 - 5:14:26 AM
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Polle Flaunoe


5375 posts since 3/7/2006


Eddy Davis - RIP - I´m so sad today - you were a fantastic person and a virtuoso musician at a level of your own - thanks for being there during most of my life-time - I´ll miss you throughout the rest. sad

Apr 8, 2020 - 6:19:34 AM
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13464 posts since 12/11/2003
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I’m sorry to hear this news. Eddy was a real musician and shared his knowledge and experiences with all of us freely. What a fantastic resource.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP

Apr 8, 2020 - 6:24:48 AM
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9445 posts since 1/22/2003

A great loss. Terrible news.

Apr 8, 2020 - 7:48:14 AM
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288 posts since 3/20/2011

Terrible news. We have lost an irreplaceable member of our banjo family. My sincere sympathy to his family. Jim

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