Levon Helm Dead at age 71 in General Discussions Posted May 10, 2012 One of the articles mentioned that Levon received a second chance to perform for an additional 10 years. Apparently he chose not to have throat surgery, hoping to be able to perform again. In time his voice returned and was nearly back to normal. So we had another 10 years from a great performer. Still I wish he were still with us.