Georges Thurston loses his fight against cancer.
Montreal, June 19th 2007 – Known as ‘Boule Noire’, the 55 year old singer/musician/composer/producer passed away, yesterday, at 12:20 am. He was fighting a level-4 colorectal cancer since March 2006. Determined to help others prevent or detect the insidious disease at an early stage, he appeared in a TV commercial singing a cappella his legendary hit song: ‘Aimes-tu la vie comme moi’ (www.ccac-accc.ca).
Thanks to 21 chemotherapy treatments which prolonged his life, Thurston managed to produce ‘Last call… dernier rappel’, a CD of 17 new songs including one, ‘Final destination’, that he wrote for his son the night he learned the dreadful news.
Invited by René Angélil and Céline Dion to come relax in Las Vegas, last October, he married his business partner Loraine Cordeau. Together, they opened the Soul Studio in Montreal and produced a 2-hour television special featuring friends of Boule Noire such as Oliver Jones, Nancy Martinez, Nanette Workman, Patsy Gallant, Toulouse and Claude Dubois. Ironically, a documentary about his tumultuous life being a black orphan in an all-white city (St-Jérôme) and his successful 30-year career, was completed yesterday (6/18/2007). Recipient of 4 SOCAN Classic awards, Thurston topped the charts in Canada and Europe with his trademark song ‘Aimer d’amour’ .