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R.I.P. Billy Ruane

Posted by James Reed  October 27, 2010 08:53 AM

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UPDATE: 12:41 p.m.

A family member has told the Globe that Billy Ruane suffered a mild heart attack recently, and that while test results are pending, his death appears to be related to heart ailments.
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Memorials and notes of shock have been streaming today in response to the sad news that Billy Ruane has died. A tireless champion of the local music scene who first brought music to the Middle East club in Cambridge in 1987, Ruane is being remembered for his outsize personality in all its dimensions. Testimonials mention everything from his incredible generosity, to his signature suit with dress shirt unbuttoned down nearly to his navel, to his manic enthusiasm for the bands he lifted up over the years. No cause of death has been given yet; Ruane would have turned 53 next month.

Stay tuned as the Globe follows this story throughout the day.

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