Yesterday the world was informed that legendary folk singer Pete Seegar died at age 94. According to his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson, he went peacefully in his sleep at around 9:30 p.m. at New York's Presbyterian Hospital where he had been for six days.
I lost a great friend and a great hero last night," said Bruce Springsteen of Seegar's passing while on tour in South Africa.
Indeed, the world lost a dear friend to it as well. As a long time activist and advocate for peace and prosperity, believing that through the power of song, he could bring about the change this world needed.
Seegar was a consistent voice for civil and labor rights, racial equality, international understanding, and anti-militarism throughout his life. From Vietnam, to the Hudson River right on our shallow border with New York, Seegar believed he could change the world, and that legacy bled into everything he attempted to create in his lifetime.
After such a long life of advocacy for peace, Pete Seegar will be sorely missed as both a great folk singer, and a great human being.
After a lifetime fight for peace and sanity, Rest In Peace, Pete Seegar.
R.I.P. Pete Seegar, May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014