Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Marva Wright suffers stroke

New Orleans blues diva Marva Wright is recovering from a severe stroke she suffered last Saturday. Wright, 61, had just finished her regular gig at the
CoCo Club on Bourbon Street when paramedics were called because
the singer wasn't feeling well and had slurred speech.

Wright's daughter, Gerry McKey, said Tuesday her mother remains in a local
hospital with limited movement on her right side. McKey said her mother has
diabetes and high blood pressure and suffered a less severe stroke about three
weeks ago.

Manager Adam Shipley said Wright's June 19 show at Tipitina's has been canceled
and other cancellations may follow. Wright's band, the BMWs, performed as
scheduled at a benefit concert Sunday with a substitute singer.

This is particularly distressing news coming on the heels of Koko Taylor's death.

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