It has sadly been reported that Leon Redbone, a singer-songwriter who specialized in old-school vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley type music, died on Thursday, May 30th. His death was confirmed by his family. He was 69 years old and there has been no cause of death disclosed. He retired in 2015, but a representative said that he had unspecified health issues that had \u201cbeen a matter of concern for some time.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn classic whimsical Redbone fashion, the official statement of his death that was posted on his official website declared that he died at the age of 127. Many are questioning that the statement may have been drafted by Redbone himself prior to his death.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe confirmation of Leon Redbone's death\r\nThe official statement on his website read: \u201cIt is with heavy hearts we announce that early this morning, May 30th, 2019, Leon Redbone crossed the delta for that beautiful shore at the age of 127..."\r\n\r\n"He departed our world with his guitar, his trusty companion Rover, and a simple tip of his hat. He\u2019s interested to see what Blind Blake, Emmett, and Jelly Roll have been up to in his absence, and has plans for a rousing sing along number with S\u00e1ri Barab\u00e1s. An eternity of pouring through texts in the Library of Ashurbanipal will be a welcome repose, perhaps followed by a shot or two of whiskey with Lee Morse, and some long overdue discussions with his favorite Uncle, Suppiluliuma I of the Hittites. To his fans, friends, and loving family who have already been missing him so in this realm he says, \u2018Oh behave yourselves. Thank you\u2026. and good evening everybody.'\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRedbone is perhaps best-known for his frequent appearances as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live in the '70s, frequent appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in the 1980s, singing the themes for TV\u2019s Mr. Beledevere and Harry and the Hendersons, and lending his vocal talents for a duet of \u201cBaby, It\u2019s Cold Outside\u201d with Zooey Deschanel to the soundtrack of the 2003 movie Elf and voicing the animated character of Leon the Snowman.\r\n\r\nHe was also known for his '20s and '30s-style pieces that made people turn heads easily. He produced 16 full-length albums, his final release being 2014\u2019s Flying By.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBob Dylan was a huge fan of Redbone, telling Rolling Stone magazine, \u00a0\u201cLeon interests me. I\u2019ve heard he\u2019s anywhere from 25 to 60, I\u2019ve been [a foot and a half from him] and I can\u2019t tell, but you gotta see him. He does old Jimmie Rodgers, then turns around and does a Robert Johnson.\u201d\r\n\r\nBonnie Raitt was another big fan, saying,\u00a0\u201cHe\u2019s probably the best combination of singer-guitarist I\u2019ve ever heard.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWe will miss Leon Redbone terribly! May he rest in peace.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=jGUW0uAwDyw\r\nDo you remember Leon Redbone's voice in the 2003 Christmas movie Elf? One of the songs that Leon Redbone sang alongside Zooey Deschanel earned some backlash last Christmas season. Check it out!