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Canadian Songwriter Shirley Eikhard Died at 67: Death Cause Explained

Shirley Eikhard died at 67
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The Canadian singer and songwriter Shirley Eikhard died at the age of 67. The songwriter died on Thursday saying her final goodbye at the health care centre in Orangeville. Her death news was confirmed by her publicist, Eric Alper. Shirley was one of the legendary songwriters in the industry best known for her song Something to talk about. Our condolences and support are with her loved ones. May her soul rest in peace. Shirley as a person will surely be missed by everyone.

Shirley Eikhard died at 67

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Death Cause Explained

Shirley took her last breath at the Headwaters healthcare centre in Ontario due to the severe complications of cancer. The songwriter for a long time is battling cancer. 

Tributes paid to her

As soon as the news of her death came out the internet is filled with her tribute messages.

Her dear friend and “I can’t make you love Me” hitmaker Bonnie Raitt emotionally penned a heartfelt note which said- “I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend Shirley Eikhard, the wonderful Canadian singer/songwriter who wrote my hit song, ‘Something to Talk About,'” Raitt wrote alongside a black and white photo of Eikhard.

“My condolences go out to her family and friends. You can read about her life and music at the link in my bio. Another one, gone too soon. I will be forever grateful for our beautiful connection and friendship.”

Shirley Eikhard died at 67

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Who was Shirley Eikhard? A More About the SongWriter

The Canadian singer-songwriter was born on 7 November 1995 in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Shirley got her musical skills from her father Cecil Eikhard and mother June Eikhard who both were members of a small local band, The Tantramar Ramblers. Her mother however was the first woman to take part in the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddlers’ Contest and released her debut album, Canada’s First Lady of the Fiddle.

Shirley was most popularly known for penning the 1991 hit song ” Something to Talk About” for Bonnie Raitt. Raitt for the song received a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1991 and Eikhard earned a Juno nomination for Songwriter of the Year at the Juno Awards of 1992. The song was the first single from Raitt’s album ” Luck of the Draw” and was at number five for 20 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. However, the song was rejected by producers in 1985 despite Anne Murray’s wanting to record it.

During her career span between 1972 to 2021 the Canadian songwriter wrote songs for Anne Murray, Ginette Reno, Cher, Chet Atkins, Alannah Myles and Rita Coolidge. Shirley was skilled in playing various musical instruments including guitar, piano, sax, banjo, percussion, bass, chromatic harmonica and mandolin.

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