Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Streetheart, has died at the age of 69.
Shields passed away peacefully early Friday morning at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg.
Bandmate Jeff Neill announced Shields’ illness on Facebook earlier this month, as the band canceled the remainder of their 40th Anniversary shows. He continued to post updates about Shields’ condition, as he was moved to the intensive care unit and then the coronary care unit at St. Boniface Hospital.
Born and raised in Nokomis, Saskatchewan in 1947, Shields formed Streetheart in Regina, in the late 1970’s. The band put out numerous hits, including Action, Hollywood, Here Comes the Night, Under My Thumb, What Kind of Love Is This, One More Time and much more.
They earned six gold albums, four platinum albums, a gold single, two Ampex Golden Reel awards, a Music Express People’s Choice Award as Most Popular Canadian Act and a Juno Award. In 2003, Kenny Shields and Streetheart were inducted into the Western Canadian Music Association Hall of Fame.