Joanne Shenandoah Death: Native American singer Joanne Shenandoah dies aged 63, Cause of Death

Joanne Shenandoah Death – Cause of Death: Native American singer, composer and acoustic guitarist Joanne Shenandoah died at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, November 22. She was 63 years old.

Shenandoah was a citizen of the Oneida Indian Nation, Wolf clan, based in New York. Her music is a combination of traditional songs and melodies with a blend of instrumentation.

According to the Native American Music Awards & Association, Shenandoah died from complications of abdominal bleeding.

“The passing of Joanne Shenandoah is a great loss as a friend, a talent and a great loss for Native Americans,” Wayne Newton shared. “She sang with a pure heart and was one of the most incredible singers, writers and storytellers I have ever heard.”

Shenandoah started performing in the Syracuse, New York, area. She has 23 recordings, and her first solo CD was recorded in 1989.

In 2011, Shenandoah and her daughter Leah recorded on the title track Path to Zero with Jim Morrison. The album also included artists, Sting/Bono, Sinéad O’Connor, Robert Downey, Jr. and others.

Shenandoah was invited to Rome, Italy, to participate in the October 2012 celebration of the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Roman Catholic Native American saint where she performed an original composition for this occasion at The Vatican – St. Peter’s Basilica.

She has performed in major venues and at major public events, including at The White House, Carnegie Hall, five Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, Parliament of the World’s Religions, (Africa, Spain and Australia) and Woodstock ’94.

Shenandoah was a Grammy Award winner and has received more Native American Music Awards (14) than any other Native Artist, and a total of more than 40 music awards.

Shenandoah was recently honored with the Atlas Award for her work with the climate change movement, both in the US and around the world.

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