The nephew of Newfoundland musician Ron Hynes says that addiction issues plagued his famous uncle until his death from cancer last week.
“Ron was a fiercely ambitious, prolific artist, a wondrous man with a brilliant gift, no contest,” wrote Joel Thomas Hynes, a writer and actor, in a public Facebook post. “But while his passing is still fresh in everyone’s hearts and minds, I’m feeling a sense of duty to offer up a hard truth that’s being downplayed or overlooked in all this — the reality of what his battle has been these past years.”
Hynes says that his uncle, a folk musician who was the first Newfoundlander to release a full album of original music, battled addictions until his passing from cancer in St. John’s at the age of 64 on Thursday.
“Despite what you may have heard, or thought, or hoped, he remained a hardcore addict right to his final days,” Hynes wrote. “And it killed him. That’s what killed him.”
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