Burlington saxophone legend dies of cancer

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A well-known saxophone player in Alamance County known for mentoring young musicians has died from cancer.

The Burlington Times News reported that Daniel “Cecil” Johnson was pronounced dead at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh on Wednesday. He was 64.

Johnson grew up in Burlington and was a member of The Magnificents. The band was formed in the 1960s and reunited again in 2006.

 “The band had quite a success in its early years,” said Clint Horton, lead singer of The Magnificents and Johnson’s longtime friend, according to the paper.

The paper reported that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a week before his death, a condition that existed for three months.

“My heart’s really heavy,” said fellow local musician, friend and producer, Jeremy Thomas, in the paper. “Me and him never got to jam together as much as I wanted.”

Memorials can be made to Cary Presbyterian Church or to the American Cancer Society, 8300 Health Park number 10, Raleigh, NC 27615.

Read more: The Burlington Times News.