Feb 15, 2017

By Michael Kramer

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Sad news for fans of Stuart McLean – the bestselling author, journalist and humorist – who spoke to millions as host of the popular CBC Radio program The Vinyl Cafe.

McLean has died at the age of 68.

He announced in December that he was suspending the long-running program – to focus on treatment for melanoma – with which he was diagnosed in late 2015.

His first round of immunotherapy treatment that winter was not completely successful – and McLean said he needed to undergo another round this year.

The Vinyl Cafe featured a mix of stories, essays and musical performances – centered on Dave, the owner of a second-hand record store – and also featured Dave’s wife, Morley, their two children, Sam and Stephanie – and various friends and neighbours.

McLean was an officer of the Order of Canada and a professor emeritus at Ryerson University in Toronto.

He stayed upbeat about his health setback last December – telling fans in an online message that he expected to return to work.

McLean wrote in part, “I don’t want you to worry about me. A year ago I told you that I expected this to be just a bump in the road, not the end of the road. I still believe that to be true…look after yourselves and each other. And know that this isn’t goodbye. It’s just so long for now.”

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