I am in shock by this news. Knowing he had cancer but believing that he was on the road to recovery, this news hits hard. I will write more after I collect myself.
"Danny Federici, for 40 years the E Street Band's organist and keyboard player, died this afternoon, April 17, 2008 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City after a three-year battle with melanoma"
Federici, 58, was not touring while he underwent treatment, but had made a surprise appearance on stage at a March 20 Springsteen concert in Indianapolis.
From Bruce Springsteen's Official Site
Here is what Bruce said about Danny during his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
"Danny Federici, the most instinctive and natural musician I ever met and the only member of the band who can reduce me to a shouting mess. I love you Danny. Your organ and accordion playing brought the boardwalks of Central and South Jersey alive in my music. Thank you.''