Fred Hellerman


Age: 89

last surviving original member of the influential folk music quartet The Weavers that was formed in the late 1940's along with Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, and Ronnie Gilbert and helped to popularize folk music in the U.S. with recordings including Goodnight Irene and On Top of Old Smoky, whose group disbanded after they were blacklisted by anti-Communists in the early 1950's but performed again into the 1960's and later at a reunion concert at Carnegie Hall in 1980, who also produced Arlo Guthrie's 1967 record Alice's Restaurant and worked with several artists over his career as a composer, arranger, and songwriter.

Cause of Death: Lengthy illness

Born: May 13, 1927

Died: September 1, 2016

Weston, Connecticut